Rata’s Marlborough estate vineyard is named for New Zealand’s Rata tree, a native species famous for its bright red bloom at the height of summer.
The stony riverbed vineyard produces a crisp, bright Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passion fruit, pineapple, and grapefruit. The bright palate is underpinned by good natural acidity – this is exceptional value for a much-loved style. Your new house white, perhaps?
“It is wonderfully fruited and intensely aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, currant, feijoa and lime peel aromas, followed by a punchy palate that is juicy and lively. The wine offers terrific fruit vibrancy and purity, leading to a lingering mouth-watering finish. At its best: now to 2020.”
91 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec 2018