Rapaura Springs (pronounced Ra-para) is a unique oasis in the dry Marlborough landscape with natural underground springs providing a life source for the vines. This pure water enables the vineyards to produce outstanding fruit with minimal intervention. The logo represents springs water flowing from their stony aquifer.
The Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is a selection of the best parcels from the harvest, resulting in a sub-regional blend of wines. It has been made to showcase the diversity of the flavours produced in Marlborough wine. Rapaura is home to generous ripe fruity flavours, lower and upper Wairau to pungent exotic fruits and passionfruit, the Waihopai adds a flinty minerality to the mix.
The Rapaura Springs Reserve Sauvignon Blanc is made from the best parcels of fruit from the harvest. The vineyards had a nice, balanced, crop at harvest time and the fruit was ripe and showed excellent varietal intensity. Once pressed, the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain the clean, crisp fruit flavours from the vineyard. Our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc beautifully captures the diversity of flavours found within the Marlborough sub-regions. The Rapaura sub-region brings generous ripe fruit flavours, the Wairau Valley the passionfruit, the Waihopai adds a flinty or mineral element and the Awatere Valley provides the luscious herbal and gooseberry notes.
2015 was a vintage with ideal ripening conditions. Cool nights and warm, dry, days allowed the fruit to ripen fully and delivered excellent varietal flavours. Marlborough enjoyed a very dry summer. The 2015 vintage has greater concentration than the 2014 but yields are down around 20%.
Succulent passionfruit, guava and citrus flavours are underscored by delicate jalapeño and fresh herbal elements. Layers of concentrated tropical fruit and citrus flavours are complemented by an attractive, flinty or mineral aspect on the full, rich palate. A mouth-watering, zesty, acidity frames a delicious, lingering finish.
This wine is versatile and would pair well to a wide range of white meat and seafood dishes. Try with your favourite shellfish meal, creamy rock oysters or a Chicken Enchilada.
Best served at 10-12°C
No.1 Rated & 95 Points – Bob Campbell MW
Champion Sauvignon Blanc – New World Wine Awards 2015
Trophy & Elite Gold – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015
Gold Medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2015
4.5 Stars – Winestate Magazine – Michael Cooper review
“Intense Sauvignon Blanc with strong guava, passion fruit, lime and a suggestion of nutty yeast lees character. The wine has a weighty, mouth-filling texture and lengthy finish. Classy Sauvignon Blanc at a very competitive price” Bob Campbell MW
Marlborough, New Zealand
100% Sauvignon Blanc