Te Mata ‘Cape Crest’ Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 27-Jul-2014
Very pale straw colour. The nose is soft, shy and elegantly expressed, with gentle white stonefruits, subtle herb elements and nuances of smoke and toast, the fruit with some dimension and interest developing in glass. Softly textured on palate, this has ethereal beauty and finesse, with gentle white stonefruits, florals and green herbs, the flavours showing good ripeness. The acidity is ripe and balanced providing positive tension and vitality, and the wine carries to a very long, stylish finish. A classical, wine with finesse. Keep 4-5+ years easily. 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon and 4% Sauvignon Gris. 18.0+/20 Jul 2014 RRP $N/A 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon and 4% Sauvignon Gris, fermented in new and seasoned French oak to 13.0% alc., the wine aged in oak for 8 months and given batonnage. Pale straw-yellow with a pale edge, this has a very fine, tightly bound, but extremely intense nose of nectarines and white florals, interwoven with barrel-ferment nuttiness and spice. Dry, very concentrated and still to unfold, the richness and density of fruit is very apparent. Classic amalgam of ripe nectarines, florals, oak spices, toastiness, and a fine textural line form a palate line with great drive. The acidity is fresh, and contributes to the firmness and near austerity. The finish is very long and lingering. This has great potential and will become rounder, more complex and richer over the next 4-5+ years. This is a superb, but youthful ‘Cape Crest'. 19.0/20 Mar 2012 RRP $32.50

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