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 the water of the multiple springs that flow from their stony aquifer.
Blind River is a small sub-region found in Awatere, Marlborough. Arguably the harshest environment of all the valleys, this area is particularly windy and dry. The station that our vineyard is located on was once named Atacama after this driest desert on Earth in Chile. The climate and terroir develops unique and intensified flavours as the grapevines are naturally restricted.
The 2018 growing season in Marlborough was not without some challenges. December we enjoyed perfect flowering conditions, January was one of the warmest on record, February delivered some rain and March was characterised by extended dry periods and high sunshine hours. Despite all this, the fruit ripened nicely on the vines, earlier than normal, and we had clean, ripe and intensely flavoured fruit come harvest in April. Once pressed at the winery, the juice was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain those clean, crisp fruit flavours.
The 2018 Rohe Blind River Awatere Sauvignon Blanc shows attractive aromas of lemon-grass, ripe pink grapefruit and yellow stone fruits with underlying jalapeano and yellow bell peppers. The palate is big, super concentrated and luscious with layers of sweet melon, ripe grapefruit and papaya complemented by an attractive moorish and juicy acidity.
Marlborough, New Zealand