RANKED #1 | Cuisine Magazine Chardonnay Tasting
GOLD MEDAL | NZIWS 2020
94 POINTS | Cameron Douglas MS
93 POINTS | Bob Campbell MW
This is glorious wine. Vinted in a thoroughly modern style, this 2019 single vineyard release blends outright power with tremendous palate detail and, with hand on hearts, we can say that our in-house team of chardonnay freaks are simply besotted with it. Flinty, struck match characters add interest on the nose which otherwise sings with classic barrel-fermented notes - while a whopping 47% new oak adds depth and spice on the palate. Regional peach and grapefruit flavours dominate, until fresh acidity snaps you back to attention. Some oak spice lingers on the palate but the lasting impression is one of balance and restraint. It's already in brilliant form but can be cellared over the coming 7-8 years. A magnificent effort from the Rapuara Springs vineyard and winery teams. Bravo!
Each bottle is individually numbered, adding a very classy touch to this already stunning wine.
Cameron Douglas MS writes "Complex, edgy and enticing bouquet of Chardonnay - aromas of gun-flint and spice, grapefruit and apple, white peach and flowers. On the palate - equally complex and loaded with texture. Flavours of yellow and white orchard fruits, riper citrus, still edgy with a flinty mineral flavour then some lees-like flavours of white and brown baking spices. The oak is present, but quiet adding a light nutty and mild toasty flavour and complexity. Great balance and length with an intriguing finish."
The winery writes "Complex and enticing grapefruit, citrus and white peach characters are complemented by struck-flint, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. This wine is textural, with great balance and length. Immediately enjoyable, this wine will reward cellaring for the next five years."