Rapaura Springs 2017 ‘Reserve’ Chardonnay, and Marlborough and Central Otago Pinot Noirs


The quality of the Rapaura Springs wines of the Neylon and Wiffin families who own and operate the Spring Creek Vintners custom-crush facility in Marlborough has been continually increasing, and the wines regularly feature in top competition awards and in critics’ assessments. I’ve certainly rated the wine over the past few years at a very high level that challenges some of the accepted ‘front-runners’ and famous labels. The recent changes to the viticultural and winemaking team reflect the growing success. Gus Altschwager is the general manager of viticulture and winemaking, and he has Simon Bowes taking responsibility for viticulture. The long-serving Michael Bann is the winemaker, showing is experience and expertise. He is assisted by Sam Harrop MW and Matt Thomson, who have global reputations for making fine wine. I can only see the quality and style of the wines improve with this high-powered team behind them. Here, I review three 2017 ‘Reserve’ wines, 2017 being a challenging vintage in Marlborough. www.rapaurasprings.co.nz


  • Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Chardonnay 2017
  • Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017
  • Rapaura Springs ‘Reserve’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

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