2015 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay (Elsewhere $25) SKU #1375606

Price: $16.99

RP 93 WE 90 WS 90
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  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    12/1/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Here's a stellar sauvignon blanc hailing from New Zealand that's bone-dry and crisp, and what an outstanding value! In many ways it reminds me of some of the sauvignon blancs I did actually really enjoy in Napa (like Illumination from Quintessa) yet it stands in a league of it's own. The 11 months it spends it French oak gives it many complexities, and so much flavor. This is a well made wine with great weight. Still on a SB kick even when the weather is getting a little chillier? Well this bottle is a perfect fit for you.
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    11/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    White Bordeaux from New Zealand? Yup! This is not your typical Kiwi Sauvy. It is textural, complex and refined with a lingering saline finish which highlights it citrus and subtle herbal notes.
  • Neal Fischer
    By: Neal Fischer
    11/30/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This refreshing Sauv Blanc is flush with tropical fruit notes of kumquat, mango, melon, then peach. The nose also has a soft grassiness and some herbal qualities striking a nice balance. The palate is a little more savory, offering stone fruits as well, and possessing a nice salinity.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    11/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I have long been a fan of Te Mata for their wonderful red wines: their justifiably famous Coleraine, the savory and classic Awatea, and the original and delicious Gamay. That said, this Sauvignon Blanc is reminding me that I should not forget their whites; they are equally memorable and full of character. Very good Sauvignon Blanc appreciates some bottle age, and here we have an example, a wine that opens with expressive fruit aromas made more complex by hints of fresh shelling beans. On the palate the wine shows citrus fruits, with a pleasant greenish snap and softening texture thanks to the time in bottle. Not your run of the mill Sauvignon Blanc offering, which is no suprise as Te Mata keeps us all on our toes with their suprising range of tasty Hawke's Bay bottlings.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    11/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    This is easily the most exciting and delicious Sauvignon Blanc I’ve tasted from New Zealand this year. I’m truly captivated by this wine. I consider Sauvignon Blanc one of my top 3 favorite white wine grapes and this wine keeps SB on the podium. The aromatics are exotic as they elude to a mélange of herbs from Thai Basil to Shiso leaves. There’s ginger, citrus, and grapefruit all at play here in a unique harmony that’s elegant and stylish. This wine makes my short list of what I’ll be serving at home over the next month. Te Mata is clearly a winery to watch.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    11/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    When most people think of Sauvignon Blanc out of New Zealand, their thoughts likely run to the popular region of Marlborough. While Hawke's Bay is more known for its red Bordeaux varietals, its whites are certainly not be overlooked and this wine is a prime example of why. Intense juicy tropical fruits of guava and lime blend seamlessly with floral, almond, and honey notes, all made extremely expressive by the bright, underlying acid. Fermentation and aging are both done in a mixture of new and used French oak barrels, which, combined with sur lee aging, gives incredible texture and depth to the wine. Te Mata is one of New Zealand's oldest and longest operating wineries and their extensive experience is on full display here. A unique mixture of soils and maritime climate makes this one of the most exciting wine growing sites in New Zealand.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    11/28/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Sauvignon Blanc is my milieu. I enjoy it from all over the world and particularly France. I also enjoy a Marlborough sauvignon blanc and often make them my easy starter pick from a restaurant wine list. With their bright tropical notes, they're almost like a wine Pina Colada, juicy and refreshing. But there are more serious SBs coming out of New Zealand and that region is Hawke's Bay. This is next level stuff for certain. More reminiscent of a great Bordeaux Blanc the Te Mata achieves more intensity and complexity than the juicier bombs from the south island. Te Mata has always impressed me with their Bordeaux varietal driven reds but this Sauvignon Blanc is almost other-worldly. Flavors of canteloupe, key lime and a hint of ginger bread spice and I'm all in. Texturally, it reminds me of Domaine de Chevalier's (one of Bordeaux's icon white producrs) Petit Chevalier and still comes in a whole lot cheaper. This is compelling Sauv Blanc and that's coming from the guy who buys all the Sancerre for K&L!

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