A barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc with concentrated characters of pears, lime and toast with a lingering finish. Cape Crest can be enjoyed upon release and develops a mid-palate richness with 2-3 years cellaring.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
Full of personality and complexity together with capacity to develop beautifully in the bottle. It’s concentrated and finely textured with lovely fruit intensity and bright acidity.Rating 90 -93, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (11/JUL/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Cape Crest ’10 has a pale golden green colour.
The wine shows lovely guava, nectarine and honey aromas.
The fresh palate displays ripe nectarine and strawberry flavours, with mineral notes to its long, complex finish.
Cape Crest ’10 will continue to evolve in bottle for five years from harvest.
A wonderful match with rich seafood and poultry dishes.
Cape Crest and its gannet symbol refer to Cape Kidnappers, the southern point of Hawke Bay, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of these remarkable marine birds.
The 2010 vintage has produced an exceptional Cape Crest. The fully ripe grapes were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 22 and 26 March 2010.
The separate parcels were each destemmed and lightly crushed, then cooled before a brief period of skin contact. Following pressing and cold-settling, they were run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines were aged on lees, with regular stirring, for a further eight months before blending, fining and bottling in December 2010. Cape Crest ’10 is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon, and 4% Sauvignon Gris.