Te Mata Estate Vineyard Gamay 2016
A vibrant crimson with a bright purple edge, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’15 has a beguiling fragrance of rose petals and crushed ripe raspberries, with a floral citrus blossom twist. The palate is refreshing, soft and rich, with an immediate delicacy. Plum, black cherry and notes of cocoa and French vanilla add to the wine’s charm and luxurious, velvet feel. All the fruits and flowers of a great New Zealand summer! A jewel.
In 1995, Te Mata Estate introduced to New Zealand a 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.
The unique ‘maceration carbonique’ fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine, was used for 50% of the grapes. The other 40% 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.
A versatile wine, partnering with any food and is particularly good with spicy cuisines, matching its vibrant fruit and soft tannins.
Serve at room temperature or, during summer, lightly chilled. It will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.