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Mud House ‘Sub Region’ ‘Rapaura’ Sauvignon Blanc 2017

03 October,2017
In November last year, Mud House launched their ‘Sub Region Series’ of wines with a collection of five different varieties and styles from different sub-regions of Marlborough, highlighting the strengths of the areas. The wines were a Sauvignon Blanc from ‘Rapaura’, a Pinot Gris from ‘Grovetown’, a Pinot Rose from ‘Burleigh’, a Chardonnay from ‘Omaka’, and a Pinot Noir from ‘The Narrows’ (click here to see my reviews). These are deemed distinctive wines from distinctive sub-regions by the Mud House viticultural team, and winemaker Cleighten Cornelius. Here, I review the first release of the new vintage wines, the 2017 ‘Rapaura’ Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is said to display "overt lift and pungency” and "crunchy phenolic textures” typical of the sub-region.


Mud House ‘Sub Region Series’ ‘Rapaura’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh and tightly bound, showing pungent passionfruit aromas along with fresh herbs and cut grass notes, The nose is elegant and slender in presentation. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a moderately concentrated core of passionfruit, fresh herbs and cut grass, the fruit showing cooler-spectrum characters. The mouthfeel possesses a soft, drying, mouthwatering phenolic texture with integrated acidity. The wine carries to a soft, textured finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is an elegant and slender Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and cut grass flavours on a soft, dry-textured palate. Serve with salads and vegetables, and Mediterranean fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the eastern end of Rapaura Road, cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 1.4 g/L RS. 6,000 cases made. 16.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $19.99
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