Rohe Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough$0.00
The Rohe Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc has vibrant aromas of ripe passionfruit and blackcurrant follow through to the palate. These intense fruit characters are laced with a vein of gooseberry and herb and underpinned by a focused acidity.
Rohe Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc
Rohe, meaning territory in Te Reo Māori, is a range of wines created to showcase the unique flavours of Marlborough. Marlborough’s sub-regions are yet to be fully understood, each district offers distinct flavours and aromas. Through crafting wines exclusively from each winemaking sub-region the Rohe range of wines highlight the individual sub-regional flavours and share our perspective of this remarkable region we call home. Made in individual quantities, each bottle features a bespoke illustration of a Marlborough sub-region.
Rapaura is one of the oldest and most recognised subregions of Marlborough. The soils are very young, alluvial, Wairau silts, layered over braids of gravel. The sub-region borders the Wairau River and is renowned for producing ripe, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc.
Vibrant aromas of ripe passionfruit and blackcurrant follow through to the palate. These intense fruit characters are laced with a vein of gooseberry and herb and underpinned by a focused acidity.
The 2023 growing season started with above average bunch numbers in most districts in Marlborough. Unsettled and cooler weather over flowering resulted in loose and lighter bunches, with the net effect of producing average yields across most varieties and regions. The weather around the time of veraison was unstable, and at times threatening. We just missed out on the destruction of the cyclone that hit the east coast of the North Island. The weather then settled into a pattern reminiscent of the harvests in the early 2000s. The nights were particularly cool, and this helped to arrest any small levels of botrytis that had started in the early unsettled weather. It was a vintage where patience was rewarded and those who waited harvested fully ripe grapes with concentrated flavours and classic acidity. After harvest, the Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc was gently pressed before individual parcels were batch fermented in stainless steel with selected yeast strains to retain the vibrant aromatics and fruit characters unique to this sub-region.
This wine is immediately appealing but will continue to evolve over the next five years