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 Southern Valleys are located directly south of Wairau Valley and are known for their clay-based soils and cooler evening temperatures during the critical ripening period. Some of the oldest hillside Pinot Noir plantings in Marlborough are found in this sub-region. These high density plantings experience the perfect conditions for producing intense, unique and memorable Pinot Noir wines.
100% Hand selected and harvested fruit from our Southern Valley vineyards. A selection of premium Pinot Noir Dijon notably 777, 667,10/5 and 115 hand harvested at their peak ripeness. The fruit was carefully processed and fermented in the winery with a selection of different winemaking techniques (including Whole Bunch fermentation) to give us the ability to blend a wine with greater characteristics and complexities. Post fermentation the wines were gently pressed and aged in a selection of premium French oak vessels including 40% New from premium French coopers.
The inaugural 2017 ROHE Pinot Noir is a true testament to what the Marlborough Southern Valleys is about. Aromas of fresh red cherries and vibrant red currants, with complex aromas of orange tea and balanced sweet herbal notes from the whole bunch fermentation and cedar box oak. The palate displays stunning fruit bursts, silky tannins and has a lovely lusciousness.
Gold Medal – NZ International Wine Show
Decanter: 91 Points, World Wine Awards 2019
Bob Campbell MW: 91 Points
Marlborough, New Zealand