A premium barrel-fermented style comprising 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon and 4% Sauvignon Gris within Te Mata Estate's Hawkes Bay vineyards.
Fruit was hand harvested from individual plots; the separate parcels were 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 9 months, then returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees before fining and bottling.
Refreshing and elegant, Cape Crest 2016 is a premium barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc blend of distinct refinement. Pale, straw-coloured and with flecks of brilliant lime-green, it 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.
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