2022 Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Marlborough, New Zealand

2022 Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Marlborough, New Zealand



Wine Spectator #3/10 Best Values 2023

“This luscious version offers ripe peach, ruby grapefruit and passion fruit flavors that are mouthwatering, with details of sea salt, dried herbs and fresh ginger. Gains momentum and intensity on the long, expressive finish, where lemon verbena and green tea linger. Drink now” – 93 points, Wine Spectator

Saline and flinty minerality meld with nectarine, grapefruity aromatics.  Ripe, but vibrant and fresh on the palate.   Lime citrus zest, baby herb tendrils, and nori.  Lengthy finish of cleansing acidity help balance this wine’s lush palate impressions. – ES

“New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have become a go-to source for some of the most consistent expressions of terroir at affordable prices. In the hands of a talented winemaker such as Matt Thomson and a tradition of family-run farming by the founding Neylon and Wiffin families,  Rapaura Springs pushes the limits of quality in this category to a new level. Grapes for this wine come from the Dillons Point and Wairau Valley subregions and are immediately pressed after harvest to minimize skin contact (and bitter phenolics). The juice is cool-fermented in stainless steel to preserve the fresh fruit flavors, and Thomson selects a variety of yeast strains to emphasize texture and complexity. Note the symbol on Rapaura Springs’ label: a circle of rocks that represents the spring in the estate vineyard. Water from the snowy mountaintops of the Southern Alps gradually travels beneath the region’s rivers, filtering through bedrock before bubbling back up. 12,000 cases imported.”