Sauvignon Blanc

Cape Crest '15

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

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. 

Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Cape Crest ’15 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.

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International Distribution & Stockists - Australia - United Kingdom

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS
pH: 3.15
Total acidity as tartaric: 7.1g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

VINEYARDS
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.

WINEMAKING
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. 

ORIGIN
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.

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Cape Crest '15 ★★★★ - 'One of the world’s best barrel-fermented sauvignon blancs.'
Lester Jesberg, WineWise, April 2016 All Reviews