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Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

11 July,2018

Rapaura Springs is the very successful label of the Neylon and Wiffin families who operate the Spring Creek Vintners custom crush facility in Marlborough. What started as a very good value label has evolved into a brand with very high quality, while retaining the value. The wines are regularly seen in the gold medal and trophy level at wine shows, and receive critical acclaim from the wine media. I’ve certainly rated a number of the wines at 5-star level. Winemaker Michael Bann has been working hard at raising the bar with these wines, and with Sam Harrop MW and Matt Thomson coming on board to consult, I can only see the wines getting even better. Here, I review the 2017 ‘Reserve’ Pinot Gris. With this difficult vintage, I think I see an emphasis on style, rather than variety, as from the previous 2017 ‘Reserve’ wines I reviewed. This Pinot Gris is one possessing savoury complexing detail in addition to the varietal fruit. www.rapaurasprings.co.nz

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Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20

Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on the rim. The nose is fresh with gently full aromas of yellow stonefruits along with nuances of exotic florals and a hint of honeysuckle, along with savoury, minerally lees elements. Dryish to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a lively core with good richness of yellow stonefruits entwined with florals and honeysuckle, and a subtle layering of savoury minerally lees. The wine flows along a fine-textured line and the mouthfeel is vibrant and refreshing with crisp acidity. The flavours carry with good linearity to a lingering, elegant finish. This is a refreshing and lively dryish Pinot Gris with stonefruit, floral and honeysuckle notes complexed by savoury lees. Match with Asian and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3 years. Marlborough fruit, 65%Awatere Valley and 35% Wairau Valley, fermented in stainless-steel with 10% in barrel to 13.0% alc. and 7.2 g/L RS, the wine given 6-8 weeks aging on lees with batonnage. 18.0/20 Jul 2018 RRP $16.99

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