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TE MATA CAPE CREST SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020

Outstanding Cameron Douglas MS
95 Points
5 Stars Sam Kim
5 Stars Michael Cooper
Staff Pick
Value Pick
5 Stars
Fine Wines of New Zealand

This oak-aged Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc blend is impressive for its ripely herbal, complex, sustained flavours.

  • Closure: Screw Cap
  • Unit: Each
  • Volume: 750ml
  • Alcohol: 13.0%
  • Grape: 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Gris

$28.99 elsewhere $33.99

This oak-aged Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc blend is impressive for its ripely herbal, complex, sustained flavours.

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Te Mata describe this as a ‘unique expression of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Modelled on dry white Bordeaux this is a blend of 85% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon and 6% Sauvignon Gris fermented in a mix of new and seasoned French oak barrels and aged on lees for a further 11 months. The 2020 is something pretty special with perfect balance and structure along with incredible texture and length.


Winery notes (2020 Vintage)
"The 2020 is a remarkable Cape Crest; palest lemon and brilliant in the glass. Luscious citrus and succulent stone fruit slide effortlessly towards a precise and lingering finish of gooseberry, lime and sea salt. Among all the ripe and pure fruit on the palate floats crunchy acidity and complexing grace-notes of dill, coriander, beeswax and woodsmoke. Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc ’20 is a signature example, with drive, moreish appeal and elegance to spare.

The separate parcels were each destemmed and lightly crushed, then cooled before a brief period of skin contact. Following pressing and cold-settling, they were run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for fermentation. The resulting wines were aged on lees, with regular stirring, for a further 11 months before bottling in February 2021. Cape Crest ’20 is a blend of 85% sauvignon blanc, 9% semillon and 6% sauvignon gris."


Rated Outstanding & 95/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"From one of the premier producers in Hawkes Bay the bouquet says it all with a seductive, precise and fresh fruit core, grapefruit, hay orange and apple. With a mix of new and seasoned oak along with lees stirring adds texture and complexity. A small % of Semillon in the blend adds breadth and a fine silk texture. And impressive wine in perfect balance. Best drinking from today and through 2026."


5 Stars & 95/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"Fabulously composed and expressed with Granny Smith apple, lemon/lime peel, white floral and oatmeal characters, it’s juicy and wonderfully flavoursome in the mouth delivering excellent fruit purity and intensity with a subtle savoury/saline nuance. Brilliantly structured and super long on the finish. At its best: now to 2033."


5 Stars Michael Cooper (2020 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 eight to eleven months in French oak barriques (partly new). The lovely 2020 vintage is invitingly scented, full-bodied and very savoury, with rich peach and passionfruit flavours, enriched by biscuity oak, a suggestion of herbs, lively acidity and a dry, lasting finish. Drink now or cellar."


94+/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, December 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Gooseberry, matchstick, passionfruit pith and leaf, fennel. Tight, gooseberry, lime and grapefruit, fine mineral things happening here, chalky and dusty texture, precision and freshness, intense, with very good length, and layer of subtle creaminess and spiced oak. A calmer, more confident expression of Sauvignon in 2020. A fair bit of bottle age will see it improve further, I feel."


94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, January 2022 (2020 Vintage)
"A blend of sauvignon blanc 85%, semillon 9% and sauvignon gris 6%. Fermented and matured in oak for 11 months. Richly textured, bone-dry wine with oak and nutty yeast lees quite prominent, although the slightly grassy varietal character is clearly evident. A classy wine."

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  • Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate has maintained over 125 years of continuous wine production
  • An independent, family-owned winery 15kms south of Napier in Hawke's Bay, all Te Mata Estate wines are produced exclusively on their own vineyards.
  • Three original vineyards planted by Bernard Chambers in 1892 are still being used.
  • "New Zealand's greatest red wine." (Coleraine) - Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
  • "Coleraine and Awatea are bona fide classics." - Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
  • In 2012, Te Mata Estate launched Estate Vineyards – a collection of six varietally-designated wines: Gamay Noir, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Merlot/Cabernets, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.
  • Te Mata is part of the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) programme, which aims to minimise environmental impacts.
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