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Raymond Chan Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 18 July 2011

Awards & Accolades

Rapaura Reserve Merlot 2004

Awards

  • Silver: Air NZ Wine Awards 2005
  • Bronze: Royal Easter Wine Show 2006

Accolades

“Intense magenta-black, with aromas of cracked pepper, blackened meat, ripe plum and blackcurrant characters. Very drinkable, with fresh berryfruit, eucalypt and molasses on the palate."
Yvonne Dudman, Hawkes Bay Today, 29 April 2006


“It has deep and brillant colour, and the nose is rich and smooth aromas of plums and other rich fruit. The palate is rich fruit cake flavours of plums, currants and earthly oak. It has very soft tannins and is nicely balanced to linger in the mouth.”
Peter Shaw, Waikato Times, 31 May 2006


"This is a fruity open-knit, friendly merlot, with impressions of tamarillos and plums overlaid by hints of vanillary oak. The Tannins are soft, which makes it quite accessible at this stage, although it does have a lively spine of crisp acidity which tightens the structure."
Ivan Donaldson, The Press, 1 June 2006