Te Mata `Cape Crest` Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (12 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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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

Expert Reviews

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

Grape Varietals

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.

Food Matching

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful accompaniment to rich seafood and poultry dishes.

Cellaring Potential

5 years from harvest.

Winemaking Notes

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.

NZ - Hawke's Bay
Grape Style
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Cork closure

Winery Profile

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Te Mata Estate is New Zealand’s oldest winery, dating from the early 1890s. It is a New Zealand family-owned winery – a true estate, specialising in grape growing and winemaking from its nine Hawke’s Bay vineyards. It is acknowledged as one of only five icon wineries in New Zealand.

Under the direction of John Buck, Te Mata Estate has, over nearly thirty years, produced a stunning array of red and white wines including famous labels such as Coleraine, Awatea cabernets/merlots, Bullnose syrah, Elston chardonnay, Cape Crest sauvignon blanc and, launched in 2009, Zara viognier. Te Mata Estate has also developed a unique single vineyard from which it produces its Woodthorpe wines.

Te Mata Estate makes wines from hand-harvested grapes from its own vineyards. These vineyards are all located in Hawkes Bay (within 40 minutes drive of the winery) and under the direct control of Te Mata Estate’s viticultural team.

Total land area: 600 acres (240 hectares). Total planted vineyard area: 300 acres (120 hectares).

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