85% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Gris, given skin contact and fully barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 8 months in new and seasoned French, undergoing batonnage. Bright, light, golden-straw colour with some depth. The nose is softly packed with layers of ripe green stonefruits, nectarines, greengages and pineapple, along with tropical fruits, melded with nutty and creamy barrel-ferment notes. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, rich and packed ripe stonefruit flavours are entwined with nectarines and peaches, unfolding herbs, spices and nuts. The mouthfeel is luscious and creamy in texture, but balanced by a fine line of phenolics and underlying lacy acid cut. The richness and waves of flavour are carried to a very long, lingering finish. This is a beautifully complex, layered barrel-influenced Sauvignon Blanc. 4-5 years.
Weighty Sauvignon Blanc with nectarine, apple, mineral and slight gunflint characters. Weighty, complex wine that’s about as good as it gets in Hawke’s Bay.
It is intensely aromatic on the nose displaying grapefruit, flint, peach and dried herb characters with subtle nutty complexity. The palate is concentrated and compact, and offers wonderful explosion of flavours, finishing superbly long and mouth-watering. The juice from hand-picked grapes were fermented in new and seasoned French oak barrels, then matured on lees for eight months with regular lees stirring. A blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon, 6% Sauvignon Gris. At its best: 2017 to 2025.
Hawke's Bay doing Sauvignon Blanc? Yes indeedy. This is a great food wine with a rich mid palate and lovely line. It has an attractive perfume, reminiscent of blackcurrant and grass, and some nutty nuances from 25% new oak. High level of fruit concentration suggestive of low yields. zesty acidity leaves a crisp finish. (RG)
Blended of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon coming from 35-40 year old vines on a hillside vineyard, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Cape Crest was barrel fermented and aged for one year. The nose is redolent of lovely grapefruit, toast, lemon curd and passion fruit notes with hints of cedar and yeast. The palate provides a nice core of vibrant grapefruit and tropical flavors, with the oak well integrated but noticeable, and it finishes fresh with great length. Drinking nicely now, it should age 5-7 years+. (92+)
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