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

SKU #1274021 94-95 points Raymond Chan

 Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, lighter on edge. The nose is intense with penetrating aromas of ripe gooseberries, greengages, limes and green stonefruits, fresh herbs and a subtle layer of nutty oak. The aromatics are youthfully fresh and tightly bound. Medium-bodied, the fruit is tight and firmly concentrated, and slender in presentation, still to unfold in richness. The flavours of green stonefruits, herbs and citrus fruits are vibrantly youthful, refreshing and steely, and the palate is slippery and racy, quite mouthwatering in flow. This has a very fine-textured line that carries to a long, brisk and crisp finish. This is bright, zesty, tightly bound and at present fruit-expressive, with subtle barrel work in the background. It will develop considerable interest over the next 5+ years. A blend of 87% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon and 3% Sauvignon Gris, hand-picked, given some skin contact and fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in new and seasoned French oak with batonnage.

95 points Sam Kim

 An outstanding white Bordeaux rendition, the bouquet is gloriously complex and engaging, exhibiting stone fruit, citrus, beeswax and cashew notes. The palate offers awesome weight, power and intensity, firmly structured by juicy acidity. What a gorgeous food wine. A blend of 87% sauvignon blanc, 10% Semillon and 3% sauvignon gris. At its best: now to 2024.

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc Cape Crest offers a very expressive, tropical nose with notes of guava, pineapple and green mango over cedar and dried herbs. Ripe, lush and with tons of tropical flavor on the medium-bodied palate, this is an opulent style of Sauvignon with a finish that goes on and on. 90+ points.(LPB)  (11/2015)

90 points Vinous

 (barrel-fermented in 30% new oak; from a vintage featuring an early flowering and early harvest): Very pale straw. Pungent peach and pear aromas are complicated by tropical hints and a note of fresh coconut flesh and lifted by lively citrus blossom. Then almost shockingly bone-dry and refreshing in the mouth, offering grapefruit, lime and mineral flavors and a repeating suggestion of coconut. Made in a white Bordeaux style, this serious wine should remain dry and fresh while rounding out over the next three or four years. Finishes with a strong note of grapefruit pith. 90+ points. (ST)  (5/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Fragrant honeysuckle and lemon blossom notes are effusive and add some depth to the crisp lemon flavors. A toasty note gains on the finish. (MW, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

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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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/12/2016 | Send Email
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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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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 14