Wither Hills `Rarangi` Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (6 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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The Wines of the Wither Hills Single Vineyards – Rarangi , Benmorven and Taylor River – test the senses and demonstrate the superb synergy between region, vineyard site, variety and the winemaker. These vineyards define our unique sense of place within Marlborough.

NZ - Marlborough
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

"Just bottled in November, the Wither Hills team hold this back in the cellar for a few months before releasing. The wine sits on yeast lees for some time, with the aim according to Sally to drive minerality, texture and precision of line. There’s some lovely complexity here with this bone dry white which has citrus acidity, grassy notes and a steely and mineral character. Ben Glover has provided some quirky notes on each wine. This Rarangi, he says, “Is a wine to sit and savour with cerebral friends” – or a stylish sipper I say."

Katrina Holden, www.sipyourstyle.com.au, (29/FEB/2012)

Winery Tasting Notes


Minerality, umami, old foreshore, sea salt, and lime is the backbone to this wine. Lemongrass, kaffir lime, cardamom, rock melon with subtle herbal aromas present themselves, with the palate dedicated to texture, crunchy ‘intelligent’ acidity and a ripe phenolic spine.

Food Matching

It is a Sauvignon Blanc, suited to a variety of foods; from melon wrapped in prosciutto, shellfish, to light Thai dishes infused with coriander and lime zest.

Vintage Condition

Another magic ripening season with the main difference to recent years being the amount of rainfall in spring which really saw Marlborough have some of the best looking canopies and healthy vines come harvest that I have seen since 2003. This allowed the vine to work at its own speed and when we had the predicted ‘warmer than usual’ summer, the vines thrived and the fruit settled in for a great run into harvest. These slightly warmer nights and days have allowed the Sauvignon Blanc to show some more fleshiness and riper acidity hence

are showing better earlier than in the last two vintages – although this will not hamper longevity – another great Sauvignon vintage to behold and savour!

NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

Winery Profile

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Established in 1994, with vineyards strategically sited throughout Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Wither Hills has always been dedicated to the philosophy that exceptional wines are ‘created in the vineyard’.

Named after the southern landmark range of Wither Hills that border our vineyards, our focused, hands on approach to winegrowing allows us to make a range of wines that reflect our passion for the ‘place where we stand’.

Winemaker Ben Glover

Ben Glover grew up among the vineyards of Marlborough and has worked at Wither Hills since its establishment almost ten years ago. In April 2007, he was appointed Chief Winemaker for the winery providing him with the opportunity to lead the award-winning winemaking team at Wither Hills.

He has a wealth of wine growing and winemaking experience across New Zealand and has worked internationally in Sonoma in California, Margaret River in Western Australia, Burgundy in France, and Puglia in Italy.

His particular passion is Pinot Noir, and the international accolades earned for the Wither Hills Pinot Noir are a reflection of Ben’s devotion to his craft.

His selection as the New Zealand representative scholar for the inaugural Len Evans tutorial in 2001 and his extensive experience as an international wine judge are testaments to his dedication to quality wine – both winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.

Ben has a Commerce Degree from Canterbury University and a Post Graduate degree in viticulture & oenology from Lincoln University.

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