Te Mata `Cape Crest` Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (6 x 750mL), Hawke's Bay, NZ.

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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

Expert Reviews

"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.

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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