Tasting Notes 2015
A vibrant crimson with a bright purple edge, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’15 has a beguiling fragrance of rose petals and crushed ripe raspberries, with a floral citrus blossom twist. The palate is refreshing, soft and rich, with an immediate delicacy. Plum, black cherry and notes of cocoa and French vanilla add to the wine’s charm and luxurious, velvet feel. All the fruits and flowers of a great New Zealand summer! A jewel.
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’15 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.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.0g/l
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 seven weeks 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 ’15 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested on 30th March 2015.
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.
'They're doing this wine right, and pretty much at the right price. Not sure why we don't see more Gamay planted. Cherry and raspberry, spicy and floral, white pepper and some smokiness. Light to medium bodied, juicy raspberry, spicy, crunchy and great to drink, with a light dusting of raspy tannin, and sweet fruited and peppery finish. So nice to drink. Spot on.' 91 pointsGary Walsh. The Wine Front. March 2016 All Reviews