After destemming, crushing and cold draining the grapes they 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.
1996 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc
Original Te Mata Tasting Note
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 at bottling:
Total acid 7.5 grams per litre
Residual sugar Dry
100% sauvignon blanc
1 to 3 years +
Original Winemaking Note
Cape Crest '96
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.
The grapes for Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 1996 were hand harvested between the 10th and the 13th of April.
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