Marlborough is the place Rapaura Springs call home: to live and create wines of character and beauty. Their goal is to enhance the environment around them through sustainable vineyard and winemaking practices that will leave a natural legacy for future generations.
The journey of Rapaura Springs wines begins far from the vineyards, at a point where the earth claims a share of the Wairau River. After a six month journey through a rocky aquifer, the water is released to a spring that weaves through the vineyard. This spring, depicted on the label, provides both the crystal clear, pure water for their vines but also guides the philosophy behind this family–owned winery.
Launched to critical acclaim in New Zealand with the release of their 2008 Sauvignon Blanc (which was awarded Cuisine magazine’s highest rating of ‘Five Stars’ and ‘Best Buy’) Rapaura Springs continues to produce high quality, award winning wines from New Zealand’s most recognized wine region, winning 14 gold medals and three trophies in the past 11 months.
They let Marlborough’s land, climate and water do the hard work, then handcraft superb wines at the state of the art winery, leaving the vineyards to tell their own story, with just a little nudge in the right direction from experienced viticulture and winemaking teams. The result is a series of exceptional wines with distinct flavours that reflect the iconic region they come from.
Site selection, careful viticultural and winemaking practices, stringent grading and managed volumes returns elegant, expressive wines.
Food friendly wines with varietal expression, depth of flavour and a fine line of acidity.
The Rapaura Springs range consists of a standard and reserve style Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, all from Marlborough. Fruit is accessed from 20 vineyards (four of which are owned by the family), highlighting up to 54 distinct parcels and offering excellent selection and broad, sub-regional, blending options.
The Omaka Valley sub-region of Marlborough is a particularly important area for the Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir with its hillside non-irrigated silt and clay based soil that offer wines of concentration, structure and elegance.
Bob Campbell MW, Kiwi wine guru, consults each vintage and provides guidance on blends.
The elegant label design depicts the crystal clear natural spring water that emerges from the ground and flows through the family vineyard.
Spring Creeks Vintners are in fact New Zealand’s tenth largest winery in Marlborough and the fifth largest family owned. They have an extensive state of the art wine making facility that can handle 12,000 tonnes for crushing and they were integral to the establishment of grape vine nurseries in the South Island. They are also fully accredited with the Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand initiative and are an accredited organic facility.