Rapaura Springs Bouldevines Chardonnay 2019


Number 1 Cuisine Chardonnay at a special price.

Super Dupa flash Chardonnay from one of the most modestly brilliant wine makers around.  

Complex and enticing grapefruit, citrus and white peach characters are complemented by struck-flint, vanilla and spicy oak flavours. This wine is textural, with great balance and length. Immediately enjoyable, this wine will reward cellaring for the next five years.

The Bouldevines Vineyard is located at the entrance to the Omaka Valley, which sits closer to the hills. The soil is stony, alluvial and free-draining. This sub-region is cooler, which allows the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness and expressive fruit flavour, while retaining vibrant acidity. Winery

"A chardonnay from Marlborough taking top spot reinforces the point that this region can do so much more than sauvignon. This single-vineyard wine comes from the Rapaura Springs’ Bouldevines Vineyard in Omaka Valley, where the cooler climate enables grapes to retain the levels of acid needed for fresh, vibrant wines. Although the start of the 2019 season was tricky, with higher rainfall in spring, the summer was long and hot, which ensured rapid ripening and an earlier start to the harvest than expected. Grapes were whole-bunch pressed and put in a combination of new and older oak barrels to undergo a wild ferment, and had 10 months’ ageing before bottling. This wine captured our judges immediately, with powerful presence in the glass and aromas of stonefruit, citrus pith, and glinting gunsmoke on the nose, with a hint of incense. The palate is smartly structured with power and balance. Flavours of white peach, chargrilled nectarine and salted lime are backed with hints of nutty oak, freshly baked cinnamon and spice roll-ups. A superb example of restrained power; the perfect marriage of intensity and class." 5 Stars & Number 1 Cuisine NZ Chardonnay Tasting, August 2021

"The classy 2019 vintage was grown on stony soils at the entrance to the Omaka Valley and handled in French oak casks (47 per cent new). Bright yellow/green, with a fragrant, complex, slightly smoky bouquet, it is a powerful wine, mouthfilling and youthful, with vibrant stone-fruit and biscuity oak flavours, a slightly creamy texture, and a very long, harmonious finish. Best drinking 2022+." 5 Stars Michael Cooper