2019 Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

Hawkes Bay, NZ

A bright and fruity barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc from a stellar Hawke's Bay producer


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It’s precise, energetic, and finishes very long. Delivers the goods, and has it large at the same time.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About the Wine

The Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc is a barrel-fermented wine with heaps of character. Unlike the traditional iterations that focus on passionfruit, apple or pungent, vegetal aromas, often with very delicate flavours, this wine has some heft to it.

Ageing the wine on lees adds texture and flavour, with citrus, blossom and stone fruit joined by the savouriness of herbs, beeswax and smoke. You don't have to open the bottle immediately in order to drink it young, but you can leave it for a few years for added complexity, with enough acidity to helpt it retain some zing for years to come.

About Te Mata Estate

Te Mata Estate has one of the richest winemaking histories in all of New Zealand.

With vineyards planted back as far as 1896, the rich history of this iconic Hawke's Bay producer is enviable in the relatively young NZ wine landscape.

Their wines come exclusively from carefully selected sites across Hawke's Bay. The aim to craft classic, structural wines that are comparable to the very best the world has to offer.

The Te Mata Estate Coleraine is considered by many as NZ's premier Bordeaux blend. A shining jewel in the crown of the Hawke's Bay region.

Te Mata Estate vineyards
Te Mata Estate vineyards
Hawke's Bay, NZ
Additional Info

From the Producer


The fully ripe grapes for Cape Crest ’19 were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 15 March and 21 March 2019.


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 bottling in January 2020. The blend was returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees, before fining and bottling. Cape Crest ’19 is a blend of 86% sauvignon blanc, 8% semillon and 6% sauvignon gris.

Blend : Sauvignon Blanc (86%), Semillon (8%), Sauvignon Gris (6%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml

The barrel room at historic Te Mata
The barrel room at historic Te Mata
Hawke's Bay, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

Wine Enthusiast

"This vintage of Cape Crest, Te Mata's renowned barrel-fermented SB (with a little Sémillon and Sauvignon Gris) is singing. Typical to Hawke's Bay, this is about fleshy fruit without a trace of the pungent, green veg characters found elsewhere in NZ. The bright fruit aromas are harmonized by floral, honeyed, buttery toast. The palate comes with almost bracing acidity compared with the gentleness of the nose, but it's balanced by silky textural components and depth of flavor. This SB demonstrates Te Mata's classic winemaking style along with the deep well of Hawke's Bay flavors." - Christina Pickard (Wine Enthusiast)

The Wine Front

"One of the most individual offerings in the world of wine. Low cropping vineyards, with a small percentage of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris in the mix. 30% new French oak. As wild and unfettered as ever. Pineapple, lime, aniseed, capsicum, cinnamon spice and smoky flinty happy-kid-cap-gun stuff floating about. Light to medium bodied, glossy and slick, but flinty and smoky, with juicy tropical fruit and crisp snow pea snappiness. It’s precise, energetic, and finishes very long. Delivers the goods, and has it large at the same time." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)


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