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Rapaura Springs 2018 ‘Classic’ and ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc

08 August,2018

The Neylon and Wiffin families who operate the Spring Creek Vintners custom-crush facility in Marlborough have among their own brands the very successful Rapaura Springs bottlings. The wines have always offered extremely good value, and they have proven to be very successful in the market as well as on the wine judging circuit. Winemaker Michael Bann is very experienced in his work and has the added firepower of consultancy advice from Matt Thomson and Sam Harrop MW, will only see these bottllings get better. Here I review the new 2018 ‘Classic’ and ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blancs. www.rapaurasprings.co.nz

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Rapaura Springs ‘Classic’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5/20

Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, paler on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with vibrant pungent aromas of passionfruit along with tropical fruit and fresh herbs. The aromatics show good depth and unfold white florals with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a rich and lively heart packed with lusciously succulent flavours of passionfruit and tropical fruits. The flavours are up-front and aromatically mouthfilling unveiling a floral and pungent aromatic array. The wine flows along a smooth-textured line with refreshing, crisp acidity enlivening the mouthfeel and underlining the palate as it carries to a lingering, taut finish. This is a rich and succulent, up-front and lively, mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and tropical fruit on a refreshingly crisp palate. Match with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.5% alc. and 5.1 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Aug 2018 RRP $13.99

Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is soft and solidly packed with well-concentrated and deep aromas of pungent passionfruit entwined with tropical fruits, fresh and dark herbs and fragrant floral elements. The aromatics are harmoniously integrated and grow in depth and breadth in the glass. Dry to taste and medium full-bodied, the palate is rich and fulsome with broad, mouthfilling flavours of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruits and dark herbs. The fruit has weight an presence on the palate, forming a rounded, deep heart, with fine, lacy acidity underlining the fruit. The wine flows smoothly to an aromatic, near ethereal finish. This is a rich and mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, tropical fruit and herb flavours with plenty of presence and a smooth-flowing palate. Serve with Mediterranean and Asian cuisine over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley, Dillons Point and Waihopai, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.9 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Aug 2018 RRP $18.99

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