They grapes were destemmed, crushed, chilled and drained, then fermented in 225 litre oak casks, most of which were second and third use barrels. The wine was finally blended and bottled in late spring.
1998 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc
Original Te Mata Tasting Note
1998 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc has a pale straw colour, and aroma and flavour of pear, honeysuckle and toast, and a lively, dry finish of great length. 1998 Cape Crest will develop in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest. It is an ideal partner to seafood, white meats, quiche and the like.
Technical Analysis at bottling:
Total acidity as tartaric 7.0gpl
Residual Sugar Dry
100% sauvignon blanc
2 to 4 years +
Original Winemaking Note
Cape Crest '98
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.
The grapes were hand harvested on the 18th and 27th March.
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