Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '03

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc '17

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 2003

Cape Crest 2003 is produced from fully ripe Sauvignon Blanc grapes blended with small amounts of Sauvignon Gris.

Cape Crest 2003 has a pale green colour with golden lights. The flavours and aromas are of citrus zest, passion fruit and pear with a distinctive smoky note from the barrel fermentation. It is a rich and concentrated wine with a fine structure and long finish.

Cape Crest 2003 is a wonderful accompaniment to smoked seafoods, salads, and light poultry dishes, especially those with citrus flavours.

Cape Crest 2003 will continue to improve in bottle for a further 2-4 years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.25
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.1g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The wine was fermented to dryness in 225 litre barrels, predominantly older oak, and given extended ageing on lees prior to fining and bottling in December 2003.

Vineyards

This fruit was hand harvested from Te Mata’s vineyards between the 14th and 27th March 2003.

Origin

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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