2019 Te Mata Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc

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

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Description

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.

VINEYARDS

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.

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 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.

93 Points - "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)

94 Points - "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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