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2015 Te Mata "Cape Crest" Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay

SKU #1375606 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Graves-like 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Cape Crest is a barrel-fermented and aged blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Sauvignon Gris and 4% Sémillon. Subtle notes of vanilla and pencil shavings enrobe passion fruit and guava in this elegant, medium-bodied wine. It's flavorful without being flamboyant, a discrete dinner companion with a lingering presence on the citrus and wet stone finish. (JC)  (2/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Lifted aromas of stone and passion fruit, lime and flowers meld with with an almond butter note on the nose. It's the palate that turns things up a notch with its chalky texture, mouth-watering acidity and more citrus and floral flavors. (CP)  (3/2018)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Tangy and crisp, with fresh ginger, white grapefruit and fresh pear notes. A squeeze of fresh lime juice brightens the flavors on the vibrant finish. Drink now. (MW)  (12/2017)

Vinous

 The 2015 Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc has a taut, green apple and gooseberry nose that has a spring in its step. The palate is well balanced, with fresh acidity and plenty of green apples once again mingling with pear and light tropical tones that appear towards the final third. A perfectly executed New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to drink over the next three years. Drink 2018 - 2021. (NM)  (11/2018)


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Staff Image By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
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.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/28/2018 | Send Email
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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Varietal:

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.
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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