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2015 Te Mata "Estate" Gamay Hawkes Bay

SKU #1274890 90 points Bob Campbell

 50% of the fruit was fermented using carbonic maceration. Fragrant, dark cherry and anise flavours, with a slightly confected carbonic musk/maceration character. Appealing fresh acidity with soft, delicate tannins. Deliciously drinkable wine with character. Deserves to be served slightly chilled.  (2/2016)

Jancis Robinson

 50% carbonic maceration. Young, bouncy cherry fruit with a touch of rubbery reduction giving a certain snap to the nose. Loads of floral character too. Much better than the Fleurie I threw away about an hour ago! Soft palate, modern and smooth, a well sculpted, authentic rendition of the variety. (RH)  (8/2016)


 Bright red. Cool, perfumed aromas of cherry, raspberry, plum, fresh herbs and licorice. Supple, spicy and dry if a bit lean, offering good lift to its brisk red berry, floral and cocoa flavors. Nicely fresh, spicy wine but a bit thin on the back end. For early drinking. (ST)  (5/2016)

Wine & Spirits

 A floral gamay with high-toned scents of strawberry leaf and clean red fruit, this is light and aromatic. For a picnic with charcuterie.  (4/2016)

K&L Notes

Te Mata's Gamay was the first wine I ever bought from them...and I don't mean as a Wine Buyer at K&L...I mean as a Backpacker traveling through New Zealand in my early 20's! This juicy, fruity, highly quaffable wine is just so easy to love and inexpensive enough even for nomadic surfers trekking around the globe on a budget! Many years down the line I'm stoked that it's available for our customers at K&L. I'll be drinking this at Thanksgiving, it's the perfect pairing with the old roast bird; but really it's so versatile you can have it with a huge range of foods or just solo. It's like a classic Cru Beaujolais crossed with an elegant Sonoma Coast Pinot and is totally delicious - Cheers! (Ryan Woodhouse - K&L NZ Wine Buyer)

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/1/2016 | Send Email
Ask almost any staff member in the San Francisco store for a bottle of Beaujolais and the first or second bottle that they will recommend will be this, all depending where they are on the actual floor! Dark fruit, a touch of spice, crunchy acidity and easy tannins. There is nothing not to like about this. Throw in the fridge for 15 minutes and enjoy.

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- Ah, poor, oft-maligned Gamay. Once widely planted in Burgundy, today the grape is largely confined to Beaujolais. The varietal, officially called Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc is vigorous, early-ripening and can grow in cooler climates. The grapes naturally high acidity, low tannins and low potential alcohol lends itself to exuberant, fruity wines, ranging from the early-release Beaujolais Nouveau, to the more serious Cru Beaujolais from villages like Brouilly, Moulin-à-Vent and St-Amour that are steadily gaining in popularity (and can age remarkably well). Outside of Beaujolais, Gamay is also grown in small amounts around the Loire where it is called Anjou Gamay and Gamay de Touraine. It is also grown in Burgundy's Côte Chalonnaise where it is blended with Pinot Noir, as it is in Switzerland.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13