Tasting Notes 2009
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘09 is a vibrant crimson colour with wonderful aromas of raspberries, dark cherries, violets and cinnamon. The palate is very ripe, showing the same crushed berry ﬂavours, and with gentle notes of milk chocolate, all leading to a soft, supple, ﬁnish.
Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘09 is amazingly versatile, it can be partnered with just about any food, and is a particularly great match with spicy Asian or Indian cuisine. It can be enjoyed immediately upon release and will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.3g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and ﬂ oral aromas of the wine, was used for 60% of the grapes. The other 40% received a traditional, warm, red winefermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for 3 months in seasoned French oak barrels, before blending and bottling.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘09 is a single vineyard wine, harvested between 3 and 18 March 2009.
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.