Cape Crest and its gannet symbol refer to Cape Kidnappers, the southern point of Hawkes Bay, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of these remarkable marine birds.
Cape Crest is a ripe, concentrated expression of barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc, blended with small amounts of semillon and sauvignon gris. Cape Crest was first made in 1984, as a single vineyard wine but from 1993 it has been a blend of wines from our two adjacent Western Hastings vineyards. Whilst generally enjoyed when young and fresh Cape Crest can, when well cellared, develop and intensify in bottle over a 2-5 year time frame.
- NZ - Hawke's Bay
- New Zealand
"One of the best under this label for sure." This is an outstanding Cape Crest, one of the best under this label for sure. But you wouldn't immediately know the wine was fermented in oak barrels, about quarter of them new, such is the fruit concentration which ahs absorbed obvious `oaky` flavours. The beauty is that the wine has benefited from the barrel fermentation and maturation which provided integration and complexity as well as fine texture throughout the palate. Indeed the engaging bouqquet shows lifted aromas of dried herbs, citrus, peach and flint. The palate is powerful and concentrated with superb mid-palate weight backed by racy acidity. It's taut, linear and mouth-watering, and very long on the finish. Rating 94 - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Issue 15, 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Cape Crest ’12 is a perfect pale green colour
Aromas of guava, nectarine, beeswax and coriander, backed with wood smoke and hazelnut.
The palate is very long, dry, and concentrated, with great depth of lime, currant, and pear flavours, sea salt and a fresh acid tension that lasts for minutes. Simply fantastic.
Closed with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. A technical cork, these eliminate any possibility of cork taint and, when Cape Crest is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle. Cape Crest ’12 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.