Rapaura Springs Limestone Hills Pinot Noir

Rapaura Springs

2016
Marlborough
Drink now and through to 2025. Producer Information Rapaura Springs (pronounced Ra-para) is a unique oasis in the dry Marlborough landscape with natural underground springs providing a life source for the vines. This pure water enables the vineyards to produce outstanding fruit with minimal intervention. The logo represents the water of the multiple springs that flow from their stony aquifer. Vineyards The Limestone Terrace Vineyard, in the Awatere Valley sub-region of Marlborough, is spectacular and rugged. Using only the best parcels from this sub-region the Limestone Terrace Pinot Noir is a fine example of this wonderful variety. Limited by nature, elegant and pure Winemaking Premium Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested at optimal ripeness. A selection was whole bunch pressed and underwent wild fermentation to add complexity. Blended from 12 of the best barrels, this Pinot Noir was identified as a standout in the vintage and selected by our team as worthy of carrying a Select Parcel label. Vintage Information A welcome increase of volume produced after the small 2015 vintage. In Marlborough, larger than average berry size is expected to emphasise thiols (passionfruit flavours) over methoxypyrazines (herbal flavours). Tasting Note This wine shows expressive dark cherry & plum aromas and flavours with notes of thyme, mocha and cinnamon spice. Matured in French Oak barrels, 33% new, for 10 months, the wine has fine tannins and an elegant, lengthy finish. Food Pairing Perfectly paired with a rare fillet steak or mushroom risotto. Serving Suggestion Best served at 15-17°C RegionAwatere, Marlborough, New Zealand Grape Varieties100% Pinot Noir ClosureScrewcap Alcohol13.4% Residual Sugar0.3g/l Acidity6.4g/l pH3.46 VegetarianYes VeganNo
Variety
Pinot Noir
Alcohol-abv
13%
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New Zealand

New Zealand is a remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean, a thousand miles or so south-east of Australia. It lies between latitudes 36°S and 45°S, making it the world's southernmost wine-producing nation. New Zealand has 10 major wine-growing regions spread across the North and South Islands, the most important of which is Marlborough.

A variety of wines are made in New Zealand, the most famous of which are the pungent, grassy whites made from Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough. Pinot Noir has also proved itself well suited to New Zealand's terroir and has made itself at home in Martinborough, Marlborough and most famously in Central Otago, where the wines can be described as dense and muscular with strong flavors of dark fruit. The aromatic varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer have found a niche in the cooler parts of the South Island, and Syrah the Bordeaux Blend varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc) do well in the warmer parts of the North Island.

Most of New Zealand's wine regions have a maritime climate. The long, thin shape of the country means that vineyards are never more than 75 miles (120km) from the coast, and most are in fact far closer than this (with the exception of the semi-continental Central Otago region). A spine of mountains that runs through the middle of the country – from the Tongariro National Park in the North Island to the Southern Alps in the South Island – protects most of the main wine regions from the strong westerly winds from the Tasman Sea that are known as the Roaring Forties. Because of these winds, there are few wine regions on New Zealand's west coast.

New Zealand lies on the boundary between the Pacific and the Indo-Australian tectonic plate, contributing to the volcanic soils that are found in many of New Zealand's wine regions, particularly in the North Island. Wine regions in the South Island owe more geographically to glacial movement.

Marlborough

Marlborough

Marlborough is New Zealand's most important wine region by far. Situated at the northeastern tip of the South Island, this dry, sunny region is home to more than 500 growers and produces more than three-quarters of all New Zealand wine.

This region is particularly famous for its pungent, zesty white wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape variety, which dominates the Marlborough vineyards. In 2017 the variety accounted for 79 percent of vineyard surface area and 86 percent of regional production.

Situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, with Cook Strait to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the east, Marlborough has a maritime climate. this provides a cooling influence which, coupled with some of the highest sunshine hours in the country, creates the perfect environment for grape growing. Hot days and cooler nights add to the complexity of fruit grown in Marlborough, especially the diurnal range of around 11 degrees during summer. This allows fruit to ripen slowly, ensuring intensity and naturally high acidity; the perfect combination for producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc.

Those ideal conditions also suit a number of other varieties that Marlborough is becoming increasingly known for: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Sparkling Wines have long been stars in Marlborough’s portfolio. More recently, varieties such as Syrah, Albariño, Arneis and Grüner Veltliner are steadily making their mark on the region.