Gamay Noir '05

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2005

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2005 is a bright cerise colour with inviting aromas of crushed raspberries, cherries and lifted floral notes. The palate is juicy and supple with flavours of raspberry, cranberry and liquorice leading to a soft finish.

The vibrant fruit and soft palate make this a lovely glass of wine to share with friends or as a partner to light, flavoursome dishes. Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2005 is one of the few wines that can accompany spicy cuisines, such as Indian or Thai. It can be enjoyed upon release and will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.41
Total acidity as tartaric: 4.6g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Residual sugar: Nil


The whole bunches of grapes were fermented via the unique “maceration carbonique” process, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine. 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 four months. The wine was racked and given minimal filtration before bottling in August 2005.


Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2005 is a single vineyard wine made exclusively from a superior selection of Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc imported to New Zealand by Te Mata Estate in 1995. Planted in the Woodthorpe vineyard, Gamay Noir produces a delicious wine bursting with crushed red-berry flavours. It was hand harvested between the 16th and 24th March 2005.


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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