Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '96

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc '18

Since 1984, Cape Crest has developed an international following for 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.

$29.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 1996

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 1996 has a golden-green colour, an aroma of smokey oak and melons, and a soft, rich palate of great length and flavours of pear and figs. Very impressive.

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 1996 should be served cool and is a great partner to white meats and seafood where sauces, herbs and spices have been used in the cooking.

It will intensify in colour and flavour in bottle for 1-3 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

Total acid: 7.5g/l
Alcohol: 12.6%
Residual sugar: Dry


After destemming, crushing and cold draining the grapes were fermented in a blend of new and older 225 litre barrels.

Following fermentation the wine aged in the same oak for a further four months and was then blended and bottled in early October.


The grapes for Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 1996 were hand harvested between the 10th and the 13th of April.


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.

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