Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '07

Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc '16

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 2007

Cape Crest ‘07 is the palest green, with aromas of toast, lime, and ripe red currants. The palate is rich and refi ned with pear, passion fruit, gooseberry and nectarine flavours leading to a concentrated, long fi nish. Cape Crest 2007 will continue to evolve in bottle for fi ve years from harvest and is a wonderful match with rich seafood and chicken dishes.Cape Crest ‘07 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are washed with a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.2
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The separate parcels of grapes were each destemmed and lightly crushed. The juice and skins were chilled, given six hours of skin contact, and run to barrel for fermentation in seasoned French oak. The resulting wines were aged on lees, with regular stirring, for a further eight months before blending, fi ning and bottling in December 2007. The fi nal blend follows the, now normal, proportions of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Gris.

Vineyards

The 2007 vintage has produced an exceptional Cape Crest. Between 13 and 20 March 2007, the individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards were hand harvested to yield bunches of wonderful quality.

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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