Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '02

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 2002

Cape Crest 2002 has a pale golden, green colour and has aromas of summer herbs, citrus and pears, with the smoky background of barrel fermentation leading to a full, ripe palate with length and elegance.

Cape Crest 2002 matches well with simply prepared poultry and seafood, especially where citrus and herbs are used in the cooking.

Cape Crest should continue to improve in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.37
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.2g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Dry


On arrival at the winery the grapes were destemmed, crushed, cold drained and settled, then racked to 225 litre barrels for fermentation. The finished wine was bottled in December 2002.


The grapes of Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2002 were hand harvested on the 14th and 22nd 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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