Joelle Thomson

Wine writer and award winning wine author

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Bull Paddock wine of the week, 31 August 2022

It was originally home to bulls and now Bull Paddock Vineyard is full of Sauvignon Blanc grapes at Dillons Point in the lower Wairau Valley, Marlborough. Here's my top pick of a bunch of great whites tasted over the past seven days. 

Wine of the week


2022 Rapaura Springs Bull Paddock Sauvignon Blanc RRP $27.90

Bull Paddock Vineyard is at Dillons Point in the lower Wairau Valley in Marlborough and is home to what many winemakers believe are the highest quality Sauvignon grapes in the region. This incredibly powerful wine is an impressive testament to that philosophy with its pronounced ripe fruit characters of lime zest, smooth gooseberry and guava flavours leading a texturally beautiful Sauvignon Blanc. Dry with a full body and lifted aromatic appeal, it is made with stainless steel fermentation and no oak, despite having a weighty appeal that could suggest otherwise. 

This is a great wine; one of New Zealand’s best dry whites. 

Vegan friendly, 13.5% ABV.