2014 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay SKU #1274021


SK 95 RC 94-95 RP 90
VN 90 WS 90
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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 direct import! (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L New Zealand wine buyer)

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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Back again a perennial favorite at K&L the Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc. This is no typical NZ Savvy; this is white Bordeaux in disguise; think Dom. Chevalier Blanc. Here we have a fully barrel-fermented wine consisting of Sauvignon Blanc (85%) with contributions from Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. The composition is actually a reflection of Te Mata's mature vineyards (25-30yrs) that are actually inter-planted field blends of these varietals draped across the slopes of the Havelock Hills. The fruit here is concentrated and ripe expressing yellow tree fruits, nectarine, poach pear and lilikoi with a subtle citrus cut. The French oak fermentation adds spice, texture and a rich yeast / lees component elevating the wine to another level. The presence and length on the palate is astounding. Whilst drinking beautifully now prior experience tells me this is also a wine that will only continue to improve with mid-term cellaring...I have some 2011 Cape Crest that is just singing right now. This is a very serious wine for a very economical price point. We have sold out of this wine fast in all prior vintages at K&L and it has amassed quite a loyal following with our customers and staff alike. Don't miss it.
    Top Value! Drink from 2016 to 2021


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