Tasting Notes 2014
A tropical dream of passionfruit, guava and lime. Enticing layers of toasted almonds and freshly baked brioche. With beautifully-integrated oak, the generous palate is lifted by hints of honeysuckle, nectarine and grapefruit. Refreshing, fruity, complex and elegant – this is signature Cape Crest – the best we’ve ever made. Stunning.
Cape Crest ’14 is a blend of 87% sauvignon blanc, 10% semillon, and 3% sauvignon gris. Closed with leading technology ‘DIAM’ corks. A technical cork, these eliminate any possibility of cork taint and, when Cape Crest is well cellared, they provide consistent evolution for every bottle. Cape Crest ’14 will continue to develop in bottle for five years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
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 blending in January 2015. The blend was returned to tank for further maturation on fine lees, before fining and bottling.
The fully ripe grapes for Cape Crest ’14 were hand harvested from individual plots within Te Mata Estate’s vineyards between 10 and 12 March 2014.
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.
'Barrel fermented blend of mainly Sauvignon with some Semillon and a bit of Sauvignon Gris. El smootho. Lime, banana split topped with almond, floral and herbal notes, touch of toasty spiced oak. Glides through the mouth with a creamy gloss, but has a passionfruit and grapefruit tang, light chalkiness and a pretty finish - crunch of grapefruit and toast - long too. Beautifully turned out.' 94 pointsGary Walsh. The Wine Front. March 2016 All Reviews