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"Balanced & well made" Cameron Douglas, MS

"Rounded mouthfeel carries buttery pastry, stonefruit, melon with intensity" Candice Chow

Delicious with roasted chicken & grilled seafood

Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2020

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Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 94/100 Points Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 90/100 Points Awarded Best Buy Awarded 4 Stars Awarded Silver Medal Awarded 89/100 Points
Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2020

Rapaura Springs Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay 2020

Member rating / 32
Gorgeously styled and immediately appealing with ripe peach, baked fig, cedar and vanilla characters on the nose...


Awarded 94/100 Points & 5 Stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, May 2021

Awarded 93/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Apr 2021

Awarded 93/100 Points

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, May 2021

Awarded 4 Stars & Best Buy

Cuisine Magazine, Issue 207, 2021

Awarded Silver Medal & 90/100 Points

NWWA 2021

Awarded 89/100 Points & Top Value

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Apr 2021



  • French oak
  • Honeysuckle
  • Citrus
  • Harmonious

"Brilliant, pale straw-yellow, even colour throughout. The nose is enticing and mealy, nuances of buttery pastry layer intermix crunchy mineral, stonefruit and a touch of barrel spices. Medium-full bodied, rounded mouthfeel carries buttery pastry, stonefruit, melon with intensity, unfolding vanilla, barrel spices and stony mineral details. The palate is clean with fruit's purity and crisp acidity. Chalky phenolic texture and soft butter added mouthfeel. Subtle spices linger with melon fruit to a sustained, refined finish. This is a harmonious, generous Chardonnay with fruit intensity and elegant secondary details on a fine-textured palate. Match with roasted chicken and grilled seafood over the next 4-5 years" Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, May 2021

"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" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Apr 2021

"Aromas of toasty barrel and white fleshed stone fruits, vanilla and nut, a touch of raw sugar and baking spices, roasted peach and a dry river stone minerality.  Creaminess and weight on the palate with a core of fruit, smokey barrel flavours and acidity bring together a very nice palate of flavours and textures. Balanced and well made" Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, May 2021

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

The Reserve wines are expertly crafted from selected vineyards with impressive flavour concentration and palate weight. Each bottle of Rapaura Springs tells the story of a lifetime. Of water and wine, and of generations of family working with nature. The label depicts the rocky aquifer at their home vineyard, and the pristine springs that connect it to the land. They make exceptional wines that reflect the remarkable landscapes, pure waterways and passionate people.

Fruit for their 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 their aromatic qualities and retention of acidity. The introduction of a nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 coincided with the beginning of the harvest. Their vineyard and winery teams moved incredibly fast to adhere to the very strict distancing and hygiene protocols to allow them 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.


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Amazing wine for the price

Barbara - 05/12/2021

Excellent Chardonnay great buy

Anna - 01/12/2021

2018 was better than 2020,but enjoyable nontheless

Leon - 25/11/2021

Really liked this very drinkable, delicious chardy. Very reasonably priced, will be buying more of this.

Anne - 06/11/2021

Nice to get a chardonnay with real flavour; I'm ordering more!

Duncan - 03/11/2021

Love it

Julie - 22/10/2021

Pleasant drink and well priced

John - 16/10/2021

Again, excellent. Another case please. Kia ora JohnWilcox

John - 15/10/2021

Great Chardonnay

Richard - 29/09/2021

A girlfriend brought some around one night. I enjoyed it so much I treated myself.

Merryl - 24/09/2021

Great drinking. Good value for money

Vern - 30/11/2021

Great drop - 2nd case

kevin - 18/11/2021

Just has one bottle so far. I enjoyed it.

Eileen - 10/11/2021

Excellent value

Barry - 07/11/2021

Very nice chardonnay. Some subtlety in the flavours.

Lynda - 22/10/2021

Absolutely delicious

phillipa - 22/10/2021

lovely chardonay price good

Stan - 22/10/2021

Really flavour ousted, very much enjoying

Barbara - 26/09/2021

Good values Chard in the style I like. Easy drinking wine matches well with food.

Thomas - 23/10/2021

It’s not what it was a year ago.

Mary - 22/08/2021


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