Rapaura Springs Reserve Chardonnay 2020

The Rapaura Springs Reserve Chardonnay is rich and flavourful. Each bottle is bursting with honeysuckle, white peach, nectarine and fresh citrus, all complemented by toasty vanilla and subtle spiced oak characters.  

5 Stars / 93 Points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit "Gorgeously styled and immediately appealing with ripe peach, baked fig, cedar and vanilla characters on the nose. The beautifully rounded palate displays excellent weight and supple mouthfeel, well supported by creamy texture and refreshing acidity, finishing persistent and satisfying. At its best: now to 2024."

Fruit for the 2020 Reserve Chardonnay is grown predominately in the Southern Valleys sub-region. Perfect weather over flowering in the spring of 2019 produced unprecedented berry numbers. Fortunately, the driest summer on record then suppressed the berry growth. By harvest time, berry size was small to moderate, which has given the wines substantial structure and concentration. Late summer brought Marlborough’s trademark cooler nights, that are so important to our aromatic qualities and retention of acidity. The introduction of a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 coincided with the beginning of our harvest. The vineyard and winery teams moved incredibly fast to adhere to the very strict distancing and hygiene protocols to allow us to continue to operate. Favourable weather allowed them to pick our Chardonnay when perfectly ripe. After harvest, the fruit was pressed, and the juice fermented in a combination of French oak barriques and puncheons, with 20% new oak. Malolactic fermentation has softened the wine and added extra texture and complexity to the palate.

13.5% abv.

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