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2015 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

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This classy Savvy from a top notch NZ winery, is in the rich and exotic vein. Attractive pears and citrus lime leap out of the glass, and due to a cheeky touch of barrel fermentation, a nice whisper of toast comes to the party before ending in a lingering finish. This is one for serious Savvy lovers to enjoy now, or cellar for the next 2-5 years.

Winemaker's Notes

Since 1984, Cape Crest has developed an international following for it's unique expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Berrel fermented, with a touch of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris, it is concentrated and complex with toast, citrus blossom, pear and stone fruit characters.

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.

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 de-stemmed 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.

Tasting Note: A tropical dream of passionfruit, 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.

Closure / Cellaring: Closed with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. A technical cork, these eliminate any possibility of cork taint and, when Cape Crest is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle. Cape Crest ’15 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.

Alc/vol: 13.5%

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2015 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

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Gary Walsh (2015 Vintage) says
One of the wilder, more funky expressions of Sauvignon about. They do a good job of it too at Te Mata. Smoky, spicy, tomato plant, marzipan, passionfruit and guava. Medium bodied, a riot of citrus, smoke and vanilla, herbal perfume, with zesty grapefruit acidity, bursting through the finish with lime and vanilla, zip and tang. It’s a 60s Batman TV series fight scene of a wine!!
2017 - 2020+
Raymond Chan (2015 Vintage) says
Bright, pale straw-yellow colour. The nose is full with sweetly ripe, densely packed aromas of ripe greengages and nectarines, unfolding an array of green stone fruits and tropical fruits entwined with creamy barrel-ferment and nutty complexing layers. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate possesses rich and layered, mouth-filling flavours of greengages, citrus and stone fruits along with tropical fruits, lantana, dark herbs and nutty oak. The mouthfeel is rounded and creamy, the wine following a fine line of grip and texture with good acid tension. This is lush and rich, and quite approachable now, but will keep 4+ years. A blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Sauvignon Gris and 4% Semillon, fruit predominantly from the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard with a portion from ‘Isosceles’, barrel-fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 8 months in 30% new oak with batonnage.
Huon Hooke (2015 Vintage) says
Light yellow colour with a complex, barrel fermented bouquet which shows nut and spice aromas, together with lovely ripe (but not shrill) Sauvignon fruit. The wine has terrific intensity and depth of palate, a touch of richness and a lingering, balanced aftertaste. Delicious wine, a Savvy with real character.
2017 - 2021
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; the bouquet is very ripe, with passionfruit and peach aromas, the oak barely evident. The palate is much more restrained than the bouquet, with an attractive mineral cut to the clean finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Bright, light green-yellow; a quite complex bouquet with obvious barrel-ferment inputs into ripe fruit which could almost be mistaken for a cool-climate Chardonnay, with hints of melon and fig. The oak is less assertive on the relatively delicate palate which is crisp and clean, with a tight, faintly smoky/spicy finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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