Gamay Noir '04

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2004

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2004 is a brilliant cherry colour, with aromas of red rose petals and raspberries. The palate is juicy, supple and fine, with a distinct cranberry flavour.

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2004 is a delicious wine to enjoy while young and fresh and will age up to 2 years from harvest. It is a great wine to share with friends, while enjoying flavoursome light dishes.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.47
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.2g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Residual sugar: Dry


The whole bunches of grapes were fermented via the unique “maceration carbonique” process. The juice was drained and pressed off skins, then fermented out to dryness. The resulting wine completed its malolactic fermentation and was aged in seasoned French oak for 4 months. The wine was given minimal filtration before bottling in August 2004.


Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2004 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard on the 24th March 2004.

It is made from a superior selection of Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc used in the production of ‘cru’, rather than nouveau, wines. The clone was imported, from the Beaujolais region of France, into New Zealand in 1995 by Te Mata Estate.


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.

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