Tasting Notes 2013
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’13 has a lovely, vivid crimson colour with penetrating aromas of dark roses, cherry liqueur, crushed raspberry, and wild strawberry. An absolute fruit bomb, the palate is ripe and juicy, with a mix of black and red berries and cherries, and refreshing, silky tannins that extend the finish.
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’13 is an incredibly versatile wine, partnering with any food and is particularly good with spicy cuisines, matching its vibrant fruit and soft tannins.
Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’13 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: 5g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 53% of the grapes. The other 47% 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 ’13 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested on 25 March 2013.
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.