2020 Te Mata Gamay Noir
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 45% of the grapes. The other 55% received a traditional, warm, red wine fermentation. The resulting wines completed their malolactic fermentation and were matured for eleven weeks in seasoned French oak barrels, before blending and bottling. 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.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Te Mata’s bright, cherry-hued Gamay makes for a refreshing change from its more polished, structured, traditionally made reds. Aromas of fresh red currants and blueberries are followed by savory spice and autumnal woodsy notes like damp leaves, sap and wet stones. There’s lovely tension and freshness on the palate, which is silky but cinched by sappy tannins. There’s a medicinal bitters bite at the finish. Drink now."