Since 1984, Cape Crest has delveopled an international following its unique expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Barrel fermented, with a touch of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, It is concentrated and complex with toast, citrus blossom, pear and stonefruit characters.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
This oak-aged Hawke’s Bay label is impressive for its ripely herbal, complex, sustained flavours. Most of the grapes come from the company’s relatively warm Bullnose Vineyard, inland from Hastings (the rest is grown at Woodthorpe, in the Dartmoor Valley), and the blend includes small proportions of Sémillon (to add longevity) and Sauvignon Gris (which contributes weight and mouth feel). The 2009 vintage is fleshy and dry, with rich tropical-fruit flavours, hints of figs and spices, and finely integrated oak. Fragrant, complex and concentrated, it’s a top vintage.Rating 5 Star `Classic` - Michael Cooper, Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011
Blended with 9% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, the 2009 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc has a beautiful nose that is not dissimilar to the 2007 with notes of lime leaf, jasmine, honeysuckle and passion fruit. The palate is very well balanced with vibrant acidity. Delicate touches of ginger intermingle with nectarines and crisp green apples with very fine length. Top quality winemaking at work! Drink 2011-2016. Rating 89 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate Issues #191 (OCT/2010)
This is a tight, powerful wine. It tastes of lemongrass and spicy oak, pineapple and lees, all of which angles down to a taut, finish. For sheer complexity I was inclined to rate it highly; As with many Te Mata wines - it encourages fascinationRating 91- Campbell Mattinson (29/SEP/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
86% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Sauvignon Gris & 9% Semillon.
Bright lemon gold colour.
Aromas of limes, pears and white flowers.
Fresh flavours of ripe nectarine, passionfruit, guava and dill extend across a complex, full palate to a long finish.
Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful accompaniment to rich seafood and poultry dishes.
5 years from harvest.
Cape Crest is a wine unique to Te Mata Estate, produced from fully ripe Sauvignon Blanc grapes, blended with small amounts of Sauvignon Gris and Semillon, hand-harvested from Te Mata’s own vineyards. It is barrel-fermented to create a rich, dry, white wine. Cape Crest combines the fresh fruit characters of quality New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with the added weight and complexity obtained through barrel fermentation and blending. The individual parcels of grapes from the separate vineyard plots were destemmed and lightly crushed. The juice and skins were chilled, given six hours of skin contact, lightly pressed, and run to barrel for fermentation in mainly seasoned French oak.