Tasting Notes 2011
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘11 has a vibrant, bright cherry colour with aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry and lavender. The palate is juicy and moreish with toffee-apple flavours and gently rounded, light tannins to the finish.
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir is an incredibly versatile wine, partnering with any food and is particularly good with spicy cuisines, matching its vibrant fruit and soft tannins. It can be enjoyed immediately upon release and can be served at room temperature or during summer, lightly chilled.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 66% of the grapes. The other 34% received a traditional, warm, red wine fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for 3 months in seasoned French oak barrels, before blending and bottling.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘11 is a single vineyard wine,harvested between 26 and 28 March 2011.
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.