Refreshing and elegant, Cape Crest ’16 is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc of distinct refinement. Pale, straw-coloured and with flecks of brilliant lime-green, this sauvignon blend has complexing aromas of gooseberry, fennel, grapefruit and red currants. Toasted coconut and textured spice from French oak development combines with guava, mango, concentrated citrus, white flowers and creamy, clover honey to give this moreish wine its unique level of weight, depth and length.
Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2017 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Cape Crest ’16 is closed with a 'Diam' cork, which eliminates any possibility of cork taint, allowing continued evolution in bottle for five years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The fully ripe grapes for Cape Crest ’16 were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 15 and 21 March 2016.
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 nine months before blending in January 2017. The blend was returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees, before fining and bottling. Cape Crest ’16 is a blend of 87% sauvignon blanc, 9% semillon and 4% 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.
'An appealingly ethereal texture, with good weight and richness.' 93/100 ★★★★1/2Bob Campbell MW, November 2017 All Reviews