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Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

23 August,2017
The ‘Reserve’ bottlings of Rapaura Springs take the quality of the wines up a step for the Neylon and Wiffin families, owners of the Spring Creek Vintners facility, who have the brand as their own expression. Rapaura Springs has been a very successful entity, showcasing true Marlborough style and quality, while offering extremely good value. Michael Bann leads the winemaking on these wines, and it is easy to see his growing confidence, even in a challenging vintage such as 2017. The ‘estate’ 2017 wines I reviewed recently were very creditable (click here to see my reviews). Here, I review the 2017 ‘Reserve’ Sauvignon Blanc.


Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues. This has a full, voluminous and intensely packed nose with passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas along with edgy herbs and snow peas, revealing subtle white floral elements. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has penetrating flavours of passionfruit and fresh herbs, with notes of tropical fruits, snow peas and cut grass. The palate is mouthwatering with zesty acidity, and the wine flows along a very fine-textured phenolic line with good tension and acidity. The wine carries to an elegant, long and sustained finish of passionfruit, herbs and nettles. This is an intense and penetrating Sauvignon Blanc with aromas and flavours of passionfruit, edgy herbs, cut grass and tropical fruits on a zesty palate with very fine textures. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Rapaura, Dillons Point and Waihopi districts, fermented to 13.0% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Aug 2017 RRP $18.99
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