2012 Te Mata Gamay Noir Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Amazing Beaujolais style to this wine with grapy, wet earth character. It's medium-bodied, with fresh acidity and a long finish. So much going on here. One of the only producer in New Zealand of Gamay. It was started in 1995. Cuttings came from Beaujolais. Lovely texture to it. Drink now
Te Mata's 2012 Gamay Noir is a single vineyard wine from the estate's Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard. Before being aged in seasoned French oak barrels, 2/3 of the wine was fermented using carbonic maceration, and the other 1/3 via tradional fermentation. From the winery: "Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’12 is a fabulous bright crimson, with aromas and flavours of fresh roses, black cherries, raspberries, cinnamon and marzipan. The palate is full-flavoured, very ripe and supple, with refreshing, fine tannins and a soft, dry finish."