Tasting Notes 2006
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘06 is a brilliant cerise colour with aromas of black cherry, cranberry, candyﬂ oss and violets. The palate is broad and soft with ﬂavours of raspberry and chocolate and a juicy ﬁnish.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘06 is great when sharing a glass of wine with friends, or as a partner to ﬂavoursome dishes for casual dining. Its vibrant fruit and soft tannins make it one of the few wines that can accompany spicy cuisines, such as Indian or Thai. It can be enjoyed upon release and will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.4g/l
Residual sugar: Nil
Sixty percent of the grapes were fermented using the unique ‘maceration carbonique’ process, which enhances the fruit and ﬂ oral aromas of the wine. The juice was drained and pressed off skins then fermented out to dryness. The other forty percent underwent a warm, plunged fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were aged in seasoned French oak for four months. They were racked, blended and given minimal ﬁltration before bottling in August 2006.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘06 is a single vineyard wine made exclusively from a superior selection of Gamay Noir a Jus Blanc, pioneered in New Zealand by Te Mata Estate in 1995. It was harvested on the 9 March 2006.
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.