Tasting Notes 2008
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘08 was released in June 2008. It is a brilliant cherry colour with inviting aromas of crushed raspberries and red rose petals. The palate is juicy and supple with ﬂavours of raspberry, strawberry and liquorice leading to a soft ﬁ nish. It can be enjoyed upon release and will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.
The low alcohol and low tannin content of Woodthorpe Gamay Noir make it very drinkable by itself, but also a great accompaniment to Asian or Indian cuisine, which are not usually partnered with red wines.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.42g/l
Residual sugar: Nil
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ process, which enhances the fruit and ﬂ oral aromas of the wine, was used for sixty percent of the grapes. The other forty percent received a traditional, warm fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for a short time in well seasoned French oak.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Gamay Noir ‘08 is a single vineyard wine, harvested between 20 and 28 March 2008.
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.