There have been a couple of very significant winning moments for the 2017 Mud House Sub Region Series Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc recently.
It has brought home a Gold Medal from the Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC), and in closer waters, took line honours at the recent annual WineWorks Marlborough Wine Race to Wellington.
The Rapaura Sauvignon Blanc is one of five wines in the Marlborough Sub Region Series that Mud House winemaker Cleighten Cornelius produces; with grapes sourced from the sub region that put New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the world map. “The eastern end of Rapaura Road is where the river soils converge with more alluvial and younger silts. This gives Sauvignon Blanc an overt lift and pungency, while adding lovely crunchy phenolic textures”.
Just the second vintage in for this wine, Cleighten was thrilled to see this powerful grapefuit and passionfruit pith style Sauvignon Blanc standing up at a wine show as significant as SIWC.
“It’s got a great full palate, and holds complexity with a good balanced quenching finish,” he said.
The wine was aboard Code Breaker from Lowry Bay Yacht Club which took out Line Honours in the race; one of 47 boats that took part in the 15th annual race; which is not only the largest coastal yacht race outside of Auckland, but also the only one to carry Sauvignon Blanc.
In the early hours of Friday November 2, the fleet set off from Waikawa Boating Club in the Marlborough Sounds, and sailed to the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington. Their goal was to celebrate their precious cargo with the capital city’s community. Each boat carried a case of Sauvignon Blanc from the world famous Marlborough wine producing region. Challenging winds ensured a close and exciting race, with the overall winning boat, Sequin, making it across the Cook Strait in five hours, 14 minutes and 53 seconds.
Waikawa Boating Club offshore coordinator Anna Gibbs said the race had some good competition, but is also a lot of fun. “The exciting finish meant all the boats came in within an hour of each other,” she said.
Proving itself to be a winning wine on both sides of the Tasman, you can find out more about the wine here.