Native New Zealanders Brent and Shirley Rawstron have a thing about white wine grapes, and they are currently releasing not only a Sauvignon Blanc but a Chardonnay and Pinot Gris as well. They gave their wines the name of a favorite local surf spot, Waipapa Bay, which also happens to be a great place to go whale watching. The area lies between their Canterbury home and their vineyards in Rapaura - on the northern end of New Zealand's South Island.
Along with the Waipapa Bay 2019 releases, the winery has announced a partnership with Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) - the nonprofit's first wine industry corporate sponsor. WDC was founded in 1985 and now spans the globe to lead the charge on protections for whales and dolphins. A spokeswoman for WDC says, "We are excited to receive the support of sustainably-focused businesses such as Waipapa Bay Wines." The Rawlstons are just as excited about supporting WDC's efforts to end captivity, stop whaling, create healthy seas, and prevent accidental deaths in fishing gear.
Waipapa Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2019
It is 100% Sauvignon Blanc, hits 12.5% abv in alcohol and sells online for less than $13. This wine's nose bears the New Zealand standard for Sauvignon Blanc - grassy, herbal, grapefruity and a lanolin note thrown in to the mix. The grapefruit comes on strong on the palate and brings the herbal stuff in through the back door. Acidity is great and the finish is long and full of citrus.