Te Mata Estate, Cape Crest 2013
Sporting a very different style to Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc has benefitted from some small, judicious additions of Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. Toasty, mellow but very well-integrated oak is evident from 100% barrel fermentation, one third of which was new oak. Although some of the more typical, pungent, Sauvignon Blanc characters are apparent on the vibrant nose, the rich and fleshy palate has greater weight and concentration. A very ripe, almost tropical, fruit style but with a long, bone dry finish.
Taster: Andy Howard MW