Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '98

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 1998

1998 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc has a pale straw colour,  and aroma and flavour of pear, honeysuckle and toast, and a lively, dry finish of great length.

1998 Cape Crest will develop in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.

It is an ideal partner to seafood, white meats, quiche and the like.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.1
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry


The grapes were destemmed, crushed, chilled and drained, then fermentation in 225 litre oak casks, most of which were second and third use barrels.

The wine was finally blended and bottled in late spring.


The grapes were hand harvested on the 18th and 27th March.


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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