A case for Marlborough Pinot Noir



James Suckling is one of the world's leading wine critics. His reviews are read and respected by wine lovers, wine collectors, and the wine trade worldwide. 

On James' recent trip to New Zealand, he reviewed the Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir range. We produce Pinot Noir grown across a variety of Marlborough subregions, each site produces unique characteristics. 

The full range of Pinot Noir scored 90 points or higher, keep reading for the full reviews.

Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir Marlborough South Brook Vineyard 2022
Score: 92 Points
"Vibrant red fruits of red cherries and raspberries followed by potpourri, citrus zest and a touch of cedar. Medium-bodied with bright acidity and firm yet finely grained tannins. Elegant and delicate. Sustainable. Drink or hold."

Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir Marlborough Rohe-Southern Valleys 2020
Score: 91 Points
"Raspberries, lavender, and citrus zest followed by tomato leaf and a hint of potting soil. Medium-bodied with fine tannins and refreshing acidity. Delightful wine. Drink or hold."

Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir Marlborough Rohe-Awatere Valley 2022
Score: 91 Points
"Focused and expressive notes of red fruits, wild strawberries and lavender followed by rhubarb, browned toast, and a hint of kola nuts. Medium-bodied, firm tannins and refreshing acidity. Sustainable. Drink or hold."

Rapaura Springs Pinot Noir Marlborough Reserve 2022
Score: 90 Points
"Lifted floral notes of rose petals and lavender with red fruits followed by anise and a hint of smoke and a touch of caramel. Medium-bodied, silky tannins and moderate acidity. Underlying reductive notes overall. Drink now.''

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