Tasting Notes 2002
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2002 has the colour, aroma and flavour of plump, ripe cherries. It is a soft, juicy and refreshing wine with a finely textured palate and supple finish.
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2002 is delicious drinking now through to 12 months, and is lovely as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to light summer foods.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The whole bunches of grapes were placed in a fermentation tank and underwent a traditional maceration carbonique fermentation for a week. The wine was drained and pressed off skins then allowed to ferment out to dryness. The resulting wine completed its malolactic fermentation and was aged for four months in barrel, during which time it was racked. It was then bottled in October 2002.
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir is made from Clone 509 of Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc, to differentiate it from Gamay Teinturier, a ‘cru’ rather than a nouveau clone, imported by us from the Beaujolais region of France in 1995.
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2002 is a single vineyard wine made from grapes grown at our elevated Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard and hand harvested on the 15th March.
Woodthorpe vineyard is located on elevated, north-facing terraces in Hawke’s Bay Tutaekuri river valley. Between 1863 and 1914 it was home to the annual Woodthorpe races. Today it’s ideal aspect and free draining soils provide Te Mata Estate a unique location for quality grapes.