A tropical dream of passion fruit, guava and lime. Enticing layers of toasted almonds and freshly baked brioche. With beautifully-integrated oak, the generous palate is lifted by hints of honeysuckle, nectarine and grapefruit. Refreshing, fruity, complex and elegant – this is signature Cape Crest – the best we’ve ever made. Stunning.
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.1g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The fully ripe grapes for Cape Crest ’15 were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 14 and 15 March 2015.
The separate parcels were each destemmed and lightly crushed, then cooled before a brief period of skin contact. Following pressing and cold-settling, they were run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines were aged on lees, with regular stirring, for a further eight months before blending in January 2016. The blend was returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees, before fining and bottling. Cape Crest ’15 is a blend of 85% sauvignon blanc, 4% semillon and 11% sauvignon gris.
Cape Crest and its gannet symbol refer to Cape Kidnappers, the southern point of Hawke Bay, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of these remarkable marine birds.