Gamay Noir '14

Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir '20

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$22.10/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2014

A bright, brilliant crimson, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’14 has an exquisite candy fragrance and a ripe, juicy palate that sparkles with raspberries, cherries and wild strawberries. Soft tannins and red berries lead to a fine, refreshing finish. Lively and aromatic, moreish and delicious – summer in a glass.

Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’14 can be enjoyed immediately upon release and can beserved at room temperature or, during summer, lightly chilled. It will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.58
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.2g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry


The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 50% of the grapes. The other 50% received a traditional, warm, red wine fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for three 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 ’14 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested on 13th and 14th March 2014.


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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'2013 was an outstanding vintage for New Zealand's answer to the Médoc and northern Rhône rolled into one: Hawke's Bay ... 2014 is thought of as potentially even better than the outstanding 2013.'
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