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Rapaura Springs 2018 ‘Classic’ and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris

04 September,2018

The Rapaura Springs brand of the Neylon and Wiffin families who own the Spring Creek Vintners custom crush facility in Marlborough has achieved excellent results, with many of the wines winning top awards in shows and receiving high acclaim from the critics. I’ve certainly been impressed with the wines, which seem to be getting better with each vintage, Recently, I rated the 2018 ‘Classic’ and ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blancs both at 5-stars (click here to see my reviews). Winemaker Michael Bann and viticulturist Simon Bowers are ably supported by the consultancy of Matt Thomson with Gus Altshwager overseeing the proceedings in vineyards and winery. Here, I review the new 2018 ‘Classic’ and ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris wines.


Rapaura Springs ‘Classic’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, even, straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is fresh and full with open and lively aromas of bright yellow stonefruits entwined with exotic florals, and suggestions of herbs and passionfruit, along with lifted pears. This has depth and is quite accessible. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is up-front, open and accessible with flavours of tropical fruits, exotic florals, pears and honeysuckle. The flavours form a concentrated core with good presence to the mouthfeel, and the wine flows along a smooth line with good acidity, carrying the flavours to a sustained finish. This is an up-front, openly accessible dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral, pear and honeysuckle flavours on a smooth-flowing palate with good weight. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 3 years. Marlborough fruit, 65% from Blind River, Awatere and 35% Wairau, fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 8.0 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Sep 2018 RRP $13.99

Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2018

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough


Bright, light straw-yellow colour, a little paler on the rim. The nose is taut, sleek and refined in expression with subtly interwoven aromas of white and yellow stonefruits along with nuances of fragrant florals and lifted pears, and a delicate layering of savoury nutty elements. The aromatics show freshness, good intensity and penetration. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly concentrated and well-proportioned with a fine core and line of tightly bound stonefruit, tropical fruit and floral flavours, with pear and honeysuckle detail and subtle nutty detail, The palate has plenty of energy and drive, and the wine carries along a very fine-textured line with fresh background acidity, leading to a long, lingering finish. This is a refine but intense and concentrated dry Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and pear flavours along with nutty detail on a sleek, fine-textured palate with drive. Serve with Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese fare over the next 3 years. Marlborough fruit, 90% from Blind River in the Awatere Valley and 10% from Taylors Pass, Southern Valley, fermented in tank with the Taylors Pass portion hand-picked, WBB and barrel-fermented in seasoned oak, warm with high solids, to 13.5% alc., and 6.1 g/L RS, the wine aged 2 months on lees. 18.5+/20 Sep 2018 RRP $18.99

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