The Rubus Project was created by Fran Kysela as a way to source & sell incredible wines at value prices. All wines in this international project are hand-selected by Fran Kysela. Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.
Aromas of gooseberry, lemongrass, boxwood, fresh celery and bready notes on the nose. The palate is dry to taste with juicy gooseberry and citrus flavors forming a light, refreshing medium bodied wine with a tart yet soft lingering finish.
The perfect accompaniment to vegetable or light seafood dishes or to enjoy before a meal.
- Wine Enthusiast (April 2023), 88 pts
"From the Waipara Valley just north of Christchurch, this strikes a balance between fruity and vegetal. Vibrant lime, guava and passion fruit mingles with grass and pea shoots. The palate sees a lift of acidity and lots of limy juiciness right to the end. Refreshing and harmonious. - CHRISTINA PICKARD"
- Wine Enthusiast (May 2022), 88 pts
"Slightly pungent and grassy on the nose, the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc remains green and herbal on the medium-bodied palate, combining those elements with hints of passion fruit and lime, perhaps a bit of underripe pineapple. It's streamlined and refreshing, with a lingering finish. - Joe Czerwinski"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (April 2020), 89 pts
"These Rubus releases are a selection made by importer Fran Kysela. The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc is a classy New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with bright citrus and white grapefruit notes as well as a kiss of minerality in its medium-bodied, juicy, elegant, and nicely balanced style. It's an easy drinking, delicious, well-made quaffer to enjoy over the coming year or so."
- Jeb Dunnuck (August 2020), 88 pts
"In the Waipara Valley, north of Christchurch, this Sauvignon Blanc ticks many of the country's typical style boxes. It's fragrant and zippy, with heady fruit-bowl aromas of lemon rind, peach, guava and pineapple along with a touch of green bell pepper—a refreshing summer sipper. - Christina PICKARD"
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2019), 88 pts
"Plenty of gooseberries, pineapple, and bright citrus notes emerge from the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and it’s racy and juicy on the palate, with both good acidity and richness. Brought up all in stainless steel, it’s a pure, crisp, rock solid Sauvignon to enjoy over the coming couple of years."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 89 pts
"Fresh and light, featuring lime and grapefruit zest notes that mingle effortlessly on a light frame, finishing juicy, with a whiff of white pepper. Drink now. 700 cases made. –MW"
- Wine Spectator (June 2018), 88 pts
"This is on the green side, but not overdone, offering grassy, herbal aromas and a touch of citrus fruit. Attractive cut grass and lime notes mark the medium-bodied palate and extend through the finish. Drink now."
- Wine Enthusiast (July 2017), 90 pts
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