Tasting Notes 2007
Cape Crest ‘07 is the palest green, with aromas of toast, lime, and ripe red currants. The palate is rich and reﬁ ned with pear, passion fruit, gooseberry and nectarine ﬂavours leading to a concentrated, long ﬁ nish. Cape Crest 2007 will continue to evolve in bottle for ﬁ ve years from harvest and is a wonderful match with rich seafood and chicken dishes.Cape Crest ‘07 is bottled with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. These are washed with a liquid form of carbon dioxide which eliminates any possibility of cork taint and, when the wine is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle.
Total acidity as tartaric: 7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The separate parcels of grapes were each destemmed and lightly crushed. The juice and skins were chilled, given six hours of skin contact, and run to barrel for fermentation in seasoned French oak. The resulting wines were aged on lees, with regular stirring, for a further eight months before blending, ﬁ ning and bottling in December 2007. The ﬁ nal blend follows the, now normal, proportions of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Gris.
The 2007 vintage has produced an exceptional Cape Crest. Between 13 and 20 March 2007, the individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards were hand harvested to yield bunches of wonderful quality.
Cape Crest and its gannet symbol refer to Cape Kidnappers, the southern point of Hawkes Bay, home to the world’s largest mainland colony of these remarkable marine birds.