Estate Vineyards

Gamay Noir '03

Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir '17

Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir 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.

$19.90/ bottle

Tasting Notes 2003

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2003 has a brilliant red colour with aromas of cherries, ripe raspberries and red roses. The palate displays cranberry and liquorice flavours with a supple and juicy finish.

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir is delicious wine to enjoy while young and fresh and will age up to 12 months. It is a great wine to enjoy with friends and flavoursome light dishes.

Technical Analysis

pH: 3.5
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 12%
Residual sugar: Dry

Winemaking

The whole bunches of grapes were fermented via the unique “maceration carbonique” process. The juice was drained and pressed off skins then fermented out to dryness. The resulting wine completed its malolactic fermentation and was aged in seasoned French oak for four months. The wine was given minimal filtration before bottling in August 2003.

Gamay Noir 2003 is made from Clone 509 of Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc, to differentiate it from Gamay Teinturier, a ‘cru’ rather than a nouveau clone, imported by us from the Beaujolais region of France in 1995.

Vineyards

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2004 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard on the 24th March 2004.

Woodthorpe Gamay Noir 2003 is a single vineyard wine made from hand harvested grapes from our Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard. These grapes were picked on the 25th March.

Origin

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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