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Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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Producer:  Lake Chalice
Grape Varieties:  100% Sauvignon Blanc
Optimum Drinking:  Within 4 years
Wine Style:  Intense aromatic white with tropical fruit
Alcohol by Volume:  13%
Closure:  Screwcap
Country:  New Zealand


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Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Ripe grapefruit aromas are neatly framed by notes of blackcurrant leaf. The balanced and textured palate bursts with sweet passionfruit on the finish.

Producer Note

Lake Chalice was established in 1989 with a vision of producing internationally recognised wines from the heart of the Marlborough region. New Zealand’s native falcon, the ‘Kārearea’, is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. Kārearea favour the remote mountains and foothills of the upper Awatere and Wairau valleys and these valleys are home to Lake Chalice’s three unique vineyard sites. Each vineyard has a diverse microclimate, biodiversity and terroir which are seamlessly translated into multi award winning wines by talented winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen. Taking a boutique approach she handcrafts parcels of fruit from single vineyards into elegant, aromatic, fruit driven wines and has garnered a global reputation of outstanding quality.


Marlborough’s 2016 vintage delivered high yields as a result of ample sunshine hours balanced by well timed, sporadic rainfall. Warm days and cool nights during the closing weeks of harvest presented ideal conditions for the grapes to achieve full maturity; resulting in healthy, concentrated berries. 2016 has been cited as one of the best harvests in a decade.


The grapes are sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the rich loamy soils of the Dillons Point area of Marlborough’s Lower Wairau Valley. Shaped by a slow convergence of tectonic plates, the Wairau Valley offers a veritable patchwork of contrasting soil types linking the Alps in the west with the Pacific Ocean in the east. The eastern flood plain soils are nutrient-rich silty loam, renowned for delivering Marlborough’s iconic tropical flavoured Sauvignon Blanc. In order to capture the maximum expression of regional characteristics, the pruning, irrigation and canopy management is dictated by each variety and by each unique block of land.


The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening and transported to the cellar immediately to minimise oxygenation. The juice was settled and cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with Sauvignon Blanc yeasts to encourage maximum thiol characters. Thiols are the compounds naturally found on the Sauvignon Blanc grapes which are responsible for Marlborough’s signature tropical notes.

Tasting Note

Inviting ripe grapefruit aromas are neatly framed by notes of blackcurrant leaf. The richly textured palate is beautifully balanced by a seasoned acidity and bursts with  notes of sweet passionfruit on the finish.

Serving Suggestion

An ideal accompaniment to seafood, such as oysters, prawns or mussels.


Sauvignon Blanc 100%







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