Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"Diamond-clear with lime green highlights, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’19 gives ripe tropical fruit, complexity and length for days. Aromas of yuzu, guava, kaffir lime and luscious white nectarine give way to palate of passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, pear and crushed herbs, with just hint of sea-salt and smoke at the end of the long dry finish. A wine with great ageing potential as well as concentrated fruit, walking a long green tightrope between elegant and refreshing."
5 Stars Michael Cooper (2019 Vintage)
"This oak-aged Hawke’s Bay label is impressive for its ripely herbal, complex, sustained flavours. Most of the grapes are hand-picked in the company’s relatively warm Bullnose Vineyard, inland from Hastings (the rest is grown at Woodthorpe, in the Dartmoor Valley), and the blend includes small proportions of Sémillon (to add longevity) and Sauvignon Gris (which contributes weight and mouthfeel). The wine is fully fermented and lees-aged for about eight months in French oak barriques (partly new). The youthful 2019 vintage is a fragrant, powerful wine, with concentrated, ripe, distinctly tropical-fruit flavours, gently enriched with oak, fresh acidity, and a dry, very harmonious finish. Best drinking 2022+."
5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"Pristine and elegant, yet intensely powerful, showing green apple, fig , lime zest and subtle oatmeal characters on the nose. The palate displays excellent focus and vibrancy, wonderfully supported by fine texture and bright acidity, finishing impressively long and engaging. At its best: now to 2032."
Rated Excellent & 94/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"A captivating bouquet with its distinctive barrel ferment attack, fruits aromas of grapefruit, apples, pears and peach. Lees adds a complexity and harmony as well as complexity. Crisp, refreshing and dry. There's a mix of dried herb and spice as well as fresh herb. Lovely textures with a fine lees and fruit tannin layers. Delicious, fresh and lengthy. Best drinking from today and through 2025+."
93/100 Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com, December 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"A complex and composed, barrel-fermented style that has wide-ranging aromas, from dried flowers through citrus and tropical fruit to fresh almond. The palate has very elegant, long and intense style with grilled-lemon and passion-fruit flavours. Impressively long and layered palate. Drink now."
92/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, October 2020 (2019 Vintage)
"As wild and unfettered as ever. Pineapple, lime, aniseed, capsicum, cinnamon spice and smoky flinty happy-kid-cap-gun stuff floating about. Light to medium bodied, glossy and slick, but flinty and smoky, with juicy tropical fruit and crisp snow pea snappiness. It’s precise, energetic, and finishes very long. Delivers the goods, and has it large at the same time."