Producer: Te Mata

Variety: Gamay Noir

Vintage: 2015

Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand

RRP: $19

ABV: 13%

 

APPEARANCE

  • Clarity: Clear
  • Intensity: Light
  • Colour: Ruby
  • Other observations: Purple rim

NOSE

  • Condition: Clean
  • Intensity: Medium (+) 
  • Aroma characteristics:

Vibrant, sweet, confectionery, bubble gum, blueberry, ripe red cherries, baking spices, creamy

Development: Youthful

PALATE

  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Acidity: Medium
  • Tannin: Low
  • Alcohol: Medium
  • Body: Medium (-)
  • Flavour intensity: Medium (+)
  • Flavour characteristics:

Blueberry, sweet baking spices, bubble gum. Very delicate oak integration.

Other observations: Very well balanced, obvious carbonic maceration is the perfect match for this varietal making a wine that is a fantastic example of its type.

  • Finish: Medium (+)

CONCLUSIONS

  • Quality level: Very good
  • Level of readiness: Drink now, this style is not designed to age.  The only thing holding this wine back from a 'outstanding' rating is the fact that a light, clean Gamay can never deliver the age-worthiness or complexity deserving of a higher rating.  You couldn't get a better example of this type of wine, a truly great example.

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