Pale lemon with flecks of lime-green, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’18 overflows with tropical fruit and rich, succulent acidity. Aromatic notes of fresh lime, gooseberry, lychee and pineapple, give way on the palate to juicy pear, ripe grapefruit, citrus blossom and subtle char and fennel notes.
A unique New Zealand sauvignon blanc style, Cape Crest ’18 is exotic, complex, long and simply saturated with ripe, fresh, lush fruit flavours.
Wine Storage Suggestions & the 2018 Te Mata Cellaring Guide
Cape Crest ’18 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: 7.0g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The fully ripe grapes for Cape Crest ’18 were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 11 and 22 March 2018.
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 December 2018. The blend was returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees, before fining and bottling. Cape Crest ’18 is a blend of 90% sauvignon blanc, 6% 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.