In the growing season leading up to vintage 2019, Marlborough had below average temperatures and higher rainfall which resulted in cooler ground temperatures and a slow start to the season. From then above average temperatures provided strong, even growth in the lead up to flowering. Adverse weather events during flowering saw a mixed fruit set, negatively impacting yields.
After rain on Christmas Day, our Summer was New Zealand’s warmest on record. This advanced ripening resulted in an earlier than average start to harvest. The long, hot, dry weather affected some vineyard owners as irrigation restrictions were enforced once river levels dropped. Many vines around the region showed water stress but it wasn’t an issue for us. Our fruit came off the vine clean and of very high stand-ard. The 2019 wines exhibit wonderful freshness and lifted varietal aromas.
Sauvignon Blanc flavour development occurred early and acids softened to became one of the key aspects to picking decisions. The wines look fantastic, with elevated passionfruit skin and blackcurrant leaf thiols. Wines are flavourful, textural and have a soft, ripe, acid profile.
Pinot Gris crops were well down but flavours are nicely concentrated. There is an abundance of yellow and white stone fruits with great texture and ripe acidity.
Chardonnay flowering was poor and yields suffered. Quality is very good with lovely white florals and stone fruit and real fruit presence on the palate. These wines have good weight and a lovely delicacy about them.
Pinot Noir crops were also very low and the flavours are very concentrated. The colour is very dark with concentrated dark plum and blueberries flavours and velvety tannins. Some fantastic Marlborough Pinots on the way.
We will be releasing the 2019 vintage Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Rosé wines in August, the 2019 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines will be available from mid-2020.
- Michael Bann, Rapaura Springs Winemaker