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09 August,2017
Rapaura Springs is the very successful own-brand of the Neylon and Wiffin families who own the Spring Creek Vintners winemaking facility in Marlborough. Introduced in 2005, the brand has grown in size and range as well as repute, and the wines, made from their own vineyards and contracted sites by the team led by Michael Bann have won many awards both overseas and within New Zealand. Michael has the assistance of Matt Vanderspey in the winemaking, and Simon Bowers tends to the viticulture for the wines. The wines have always had the enviable trait of offering very good value for money, ensuring their success in the marketplace. Here, I review the new 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Noir Rosé.


Rapaura Springs 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 softly fresh and full with a gentle core of tropical fruit, passionfruit and gooseberry aromas, unfolding green capsicums and herbs and some fresh fermentation esters. The nose is easy and accessible but grows in depth in the glass. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegant and slender in presentation with moderately deep and intense flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit with fresh herbs and cut grass. The fruit is in the cooler spectrum. The mouthfeel is fresh with crisp and racy acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine line, leading to a light finish. This is a crisp and racy Sauvignon Blanc with cool spectrum flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit and cut grass. Serve as an aperitif, and with seafood over the next 2 years. Fruit from multiple sites in Marlborough, cool-fermented in stainless steel to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 2 months on lees. 16.5+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $16.99

Rapaura Springs Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is softly full with gentle aromas of pears and exotic florals, yellow stonefruits and notes of honeysuckle, along with some fresh fermentation esters. Some mineral nuances emerge with aeration, and the aromatics build in intensity. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a concentrated core of exotic florals, white and yellow stonefruits with pears and honeysuckle, lifted by ferment esters. The mouthfeel is crisp and fresh with racy acidity, and the wine flows along a fine-textured phenolic line with presence and body. The wine carries to a light, textured, dry, aromatic finish. This is an aromatic, dryish Pinot Gris with exotic florals, pears, honeysuckle and fermentation esters with a racy mouthfeel and good body. Match with Asian cuisine over the next 3 years. Fruit predominantly from the Awatere Valley, with some Wairau fruit, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 8 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Aug 2017 RRP $16.99

Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale cerise-pink with slight purple hues, lighter on the rim. This has a tight and elegantly concentrated nose with aromas of strawberries, cherries, cranberries and pomegranate, with lifted red florals. The aromatics are refreshing, building in fruitiness, revealing nuances of mouthwatering minerals. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a sweetly aromatic core of strawberries and cherries, cranberries and pomegranate fruit with lifted red florals and nuances of fermentation esters. The fruit is carried along a light, drying, fine-textured phenolic line, leading to a thirst-quenching, lingering finish with florals and esters. This is an aromatic dryish rosé with lifted fruit and a fine, drying, mouthwatering line. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. Marlborough Pinot Noir fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 6 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 17.5-/20 Aug 2017 RRP $18.99
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