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2016 Te Mata Estate Vineyard Gamay Noir

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Te Mata is one of the cult wineries of New Zealand, and this is a great intro to the quality of the range. Made from Gamay, a cousin to Pinot Noir that is used to make Beaujolais; it’s a poised, fruit-driven wine that shows an abundance of red raspberry fruit, potpourri, cherries and soft spices on the nose. The palate is medium-bodied and fruity, with a whisper of toasty oak in the background, lacy tannins, and a dry, mellow finish.

Winemaker's Notes

Gamay Noir, the grape of Beaujolais, produces a delicious wine bursting with crushed red-berry characters. Its vibrant fruit provides immediate appeal and flavour to match spicy cuisine. Delicious served lightly chilled.

Tasting notes: Candy-apple crimson with a lifted confectionery nose of wild strawberries, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’16 shows ripe, juicy cherry and cranberry on the palate, with just a hint of cinnamon and liquorice. As picnic-perfect as berries and cream, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’16 is soft and supple, with a lingering finish of bright, fresh red fruit.

Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’16 can be enjoyed immediately upon release and can be served at room temperature or, during summer, lightly chilled. It will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.

Winemaking: The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 55% of the grapes. The other 45% received a traditional, warm, red wine fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for seven weeks in seasoned French oak barrels, before blending and bottling.

Vineyards: 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 ’16 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested between 29th and 30th March 2016.

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.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

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