Double Gold Medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2020
Rapaura Springs have created a range of single vineyard wines and this Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Blind River area, the "driest, coolest and most windswept sub-region in Marlborough".
Rapaura Springs makes more small batches than any large wine company in Marlborough, this allows them to keep each vineyard and sometimes multiple batches from one vineyard separate until blending. This is an incredibly complex way of making wine, but they believe the results validate what they do. Rapaura Springs have become well known as a producer of highly awarded wines of value and are now making a name for themselves with their new Single Vineyard and Sub-regional wines.
Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"The Rohe Blind River Sauvignon Blanc is intensely aromatic with lemongrass and ripe citrus aromas. The palate is weighty with mouth-filing layesr of ripe grapefruit, lemongrass and melon. The mouth-watering acidity helps drive a lengthy finish.
Blind River is a small sub-region found south of Awatere, Marlborough. Arguably the harshest environment of all the valleys, this area is particularly windy and dry. The station that our vineyard is located on was once named Atacama after the driest desert on Earth in Chile. The climate and terroir develops unique and intensified flavours as the grapevines are naturally restricted."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 Vintage)
"Grown in the Blind River district, south of the Awatere Valley, the 2020 vintage is highly aromatic, mouthfilling and dry (2 grams/litre of residual sugar). Bright, light lemon/green, it has impressive freshness, intensity and delicacy, with deep, ripe tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, finely poised and persistent. A top buy."
Rated Excellent & 93/100 Cameron Douglas MS, August 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Quite a sophisticated bouquet with aromas of silty soils and salty air then aromas of lemon and peach, a soft grassy and fresh herb layer and an enticing mineral core. On the palate – equally sophisticated and vibrant, loaded with texture and mouthfeel from some lees and a whisper of fruit tannins. Fruit flavours reflect the nose with plenty of acidity to carry the flavours through a lengthy finish. Great balance and very youthful. Ready to enjoy from today and through 2023+."
4 ½ Stars & Top 10 Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc Tasting, December 2020 (2020 Vintage)
"Freshly cut limes, a dash of mint and a pinch of tomato leaf develop through the nose conjuring up visions of country roads lined with white clover. Thirst-quenching jucidity – a word Ben Glover has created to describe the heavenly cocktail of acid and juiciness – is omnipresent in this wine complete with balance, length and power."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
97/100 Decanter World Wine Awards 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Pungent, rich and concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with bright grapefruit/citrus, guava/tropical, grassy and vanilla aromas and flavours. Very appealing wine with a supple palate and a perfect amount of fruity acidity helping to drive a lengthy finish."
5 Stars & 95/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, November 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"Rapaura Springs’ Rohe Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is a new single vineyard label from Blind River district of the Awatere Valley (Rohe is a Māori word meaning territory or boundary). It’s a powerful example of the Awatere style with strong citrus and herb flavours."