Tasting Notes 2012
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’12 is a fabulous bright crimson, with aromas and flavours of fresh roses, black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon and marzipan. The palate is full-flavoured, very ripe and supple, with refreshing, fine tannins and a soft, dry finish.
Estate Vineyards 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.
In 1995, Te Mata Estate introduced to New Zealand a superior selection of Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, the grape variety of the best wines of France’s Beaujolais region. Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ‘12 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested between 26 and 28 March 2012.
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.