2013 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay SKU #1211439

Price: $14.99

RC 96 BC 95 SK 95
JS 93 RP 92
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K&L Notes

**Update 1/16: This was the highest rated NZ Sauv Blanc in Robert Parker's recent report scoring 92+ points!** Though the label only shows Sauvignon Blanc, I have it on good authority that the Cape Crest "proprietary" blend is 85% Savvy, 9% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Gris. This is NZ Sauv Blanc on another level...but actually it has more in common with Domaine de Chavalier Blanc from Pessac-Leognan in Bordeaux than most New Zealand Savvys. This is concentrated, age-worthy, barrel fermented white wine with truly special character. The nose is full of crushed herbs, wet stones and citrus rind with a whisper of flint and oak spice. The wine has great texture and mouthfeel, dominated by ripe citrus flavors, stony minerals and toasted hazelnut nuances. Such a deep, complex wine with real presence and persistence on the palate. Can't wait to see how this ages...I think it will be rocking in 2-5 years time but it's also totally quaffable today. K&L exclusive direct import! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L New Zealand wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    ** Update 11/2015** Te Mata Estate offered us a fantastic deal on another drop of the 2013 Cape Crest...we loved this wine at its regular $20 price point...at $14.99 it's just ridiculous!!! Think of this like age worthy white Bordeaux more than your typical NZ Savvy. Little dashes of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris combined with this wine's fermentation and ageing in french oak give this a distinctly Bordelais complexion. Aromas and flavors of yellow tree fruit, green gauge plum, lemongrass and wet flint. Wonderful texture and mouthfeel from extended lees contact. Fresh, juicy and vibrant. The oak spice and structure kick in to draw out the wine long on the palate. Racy acidity and mineral infused undertones linger forever, phenomenal persistence. Drinking great this summer but will continue to improve for 2-5 years and go on for 10+ if you are so inclined. Te Mata's "Cape Crest" is up there with Domaine de Chevalier Blanc as one of my favorite white wines ever.
    Top Value! Drink from 2015 to 2015
  • Jim Chanteloup
    By: Jim Chanteloup
    K&L Staff Member
    Flat out, this is one of the great barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blancs. Blended with 9% Semillon and 5% Sauvignon Gris, each lot was fermented separately in new and used French oak barrels and left on the lees for 8 months with regular stirring and then blended and spending another 2 months on the fine lees. Gorgeous aromas of light toasted coconut, lemongrass, lime, guava, fig and a floral note leap from the glass. On the palate the wine shows racy acidity with great texture and integration of oak. Think of the wine as more of great white Bordeaux than any "Savvy" you'd expect from New Zealand. AND, if it were from Graves in Bordeaux, it would be 2-3 times the price. No kidding, and seriously good.
  • Kyle Kurani
    By: Kyle Kurani
    K&L Staff Member
    White Bordeaux lovers take note, this is some high quality wine that will easily go toe to toe with some of the big boys from France (at a much lower price at that). Full of energy and drive, this white blend raises your eyebrows from the outset with a nose of white flowers and stone fruits, crushed rock and just a hint of bread dough richness. The wine continues into a focused palate delivering pithy citrus and ripe peach notes, perfectly framed by a judicious use of oak. Really pretty amazing wine, if put in front of me blind I would be guess this to be much more expensive just by how serious it comes across. Perfect now for summertime white fish or chicken, will show great in a few years if you practice patience.
  • David Othenin-Girard
    By: David Othenin-Girard
    K&L Staff Member
    Fun, classically Bordeaux New Zealand SB/Sem blend of the highest order. Musk, funky, melon, tropical fruit. Slight hints of savoriness and jalapeños, but in the most inviting and subtle way. Palate is Meyer lemon and candied guava all the way. The finish is crisp, dry and persistent. Te Mata is one of NZ's most exciting properties and this proves again that we're very, very lucky to represent them stateside.


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