Rapaura Springs Bulls Paddock Sauvignon Blanc - Case of 6

Rapaura Springs

2018
Marlborough
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. “This land is only good for raising Bulls”, said the previous owner of the Bull Paddock. Little did he know, back in the mid 80’s, he was selling prime land for growing super –premium Sauvignon Blanc. For centuries, before flood control, the Wairau River would overflow in to the Opawa River located in the acclaimed Dillons Point region. The water would rise up on to the land that is now the Bull Paddock vineyard and deposit silt which holds all the nutrients and organic matter that feeds the hungry vines. Today, the soil found on the front block of this vineyard is 300 mm deep and rests over a clay pan. This is where we source the grapes for the Bull Paddock Sauvignon Blanc. The soil profile ensures the vines work hard in creating the concentrated characters in the wine. Over 5 years we have run a companion planting program and used our grape marc (pressed grape skins) as a form of mulch to help build up levels of organic matter in the soil. This, combined with our low cropping levels (2&3 cane vines), we have incredibly concentrated fruit which have a true sense of place and beautifully express this premium sub-region. Winemaking The cool afternoon easterlies, coming from the ocean north of Marlborough, drop the temperature at night, aiding flavour development. Rapaura harvest in the cool of the night, when the fruit is at optimum ripeness. The chilled grapes are quickly delivered to the winery, the closest in the area. The result: The freshest, most expressive and ‘thiol rich’ source of grapes, beautifully captured in the resultant wine. Once pressed, the juice was fermented at cool temperatures to retain the fresh fruit flavours from the vineyard. Tasting Note From one of the most premium wine growing sub-regions in Marlborough, the Bull Paddock Sauvignon Blanc displays concentrated guava aromas, delicious blackcurrant and floral undertones. The palate is rich and full, with minerality and passionfruit flavours. Food Pairing Try with Fish and Chips or a crisp Caesar salad. Serving Suggestion Best served at 10-12°C 100% Sauvignon Blanc ;  screwcap closure ; Alcohol13% Vegetarian Yes ; Vegan No
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
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.