Gary Walsh, 92pts - "Ah, the old Australian wine industry whipping boy; Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. Nettles and capsicum along with a passionfruit and pineapple tanginess that runs along without too many bumps. Not the most focussed and driven wine, although it’s much better served not too cold, but attractive and good to drink. Like the spicy grapefruit finish. Good stuff." Campbell Mattinson 91pts (2010) -New single vineyard wine from established Marlborough producer Wither Hills. It’s a cuddly crowd-pleaser with a touch of class. Good intensity of flavour and while it feels soft in your mouth, the flavours push impressively through the finish. A good style of wine. Flavours of gooseberry, gunmetal, limes and fistfuls of herbs. Quite grassy/herbal really but its soft texture keeps it accessible. Thumbs up. Drink : 2011 - 2013."
- Country: New Zealand
- Wine Region: Marlborough
- Wine Area: Wairau Valley
- Wine Maker: Ben Glover
- Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 13.5%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now
Minerality, umami, old foreshore, sea salt, and lime is the backbone to this wine. Lemongrass, kaffir lime, cardamom, rock melon with subtle herbal aromas present themselves, with the palate dedicated to texture, crunchy ‘intelligent’ acidity and a ripe phenolic spine. It is a Sauvignon Blanc, suited to a variety of foods; from melon wrapped in prosciutto, shellfish, to light Thai dishes infused with coriander and lime zest.
Considerably more intense than the regular label with a mix of ripe passion fruit with red capsicum, lemon grass and a salty minerality - could that be form the vineyard's coastal location? Very attractive wine in a highly individual style.
"This single-vineyard sauvignon has an extra degree of intensity and character. Fragrant gooseberry, citrus, floral and herbal aromas. A touch of richness and extra flavour depth on the palate; excellent balance, lingering aftertaste."
Crisp, dry, single-vineyard wine, from a site on the Wairau Valley coast. Mouthfilling body, with fresh, citrusy, limey flavours showing excellent purity, delicacy and harmony. Slightly minerally, with a lasting finish.
"A brilliant single vineyard Sauvignon from the north-eastern part of the Wairau Valley, displaying intense aromas of passionfruit, capsicum and herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is concentrated and pungent showing a lovely succulent mouthfeel and a lengthy finish. A serious Sauvignon yet so easy on the palate."
Katrina Holden, sipyourstyle.com.au - "Just bottled in November, the Wither Hills team hold this back in the cellar for a few months before releasing. The wine sits on yeast lees for some time, with the aim according to Sally to drive minerality, texture and precision of line. There’s some lovely complexity here with this bone dry white which has citrus acidity, grassy notes and a steely and mineral character. Ben Glover has provided some quirky notes on each wine. This Rarangi, he says, “Is a wine to sit and savour with cerebral friends” – or a stylish sipper I say."
Vintage Notes - Another magic ripening season with the main difference to recent years being the amount of rainfall in spring which really saw Marlborough have some of the best looking canopies and healthy vines come harvest that I have seen since 2003. This allowed the vine to work at its own speed and when we had the predicted ‘warmer than usual’ summer, the vines thrived and the fruit settled in for a great run into harvest. These slightly warmer nights and days have allowed the Sauvignon Blanc to show some more fleshiness and riper acidity hence are showing better earlier than in the last two vintages – although this will not hamper longevity – another great Sauvignon vintage to behold and savour! Since the first release in 2007, we have done very little in the way of manipulative winemaking in the winery. All picking decisions are done by physically walking the rows & tasting the fruit; the wine then undergoes cool tank fermentation, and is then left on light lees for 6 months before being bottled in early December. The wine is bone dry to accentuate the mineral purity of this unique vineyard - its turangawaewae, its sense of place.