Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"In 1395 Phillippe the Bold banished the Gamay grape from Burgundy in favour of Pinot Noir. There are only 5 hectares of Gamay planted in the whole of New Zealand compared with 5000 hectares of Pinot Noir – so one could say that Phillippe's edict had a far reaching effect.
We have been fortunate to visit Beaujolais, the home of Gamay, and taste the best examples. Added to this Rod was lucky to share a bottle of 1929 Morgon – a bottle that clearly illustrates the potential of Gamay to produce a truly great wine. Since then we have harboured a conviction that Gamay could be ideally suited to Hawke's Bay climate.
This is our first single vineyard Gamay offering from the Quinn’s meticulously managed ‘Two Terraces Vineyard’ in Maraekakaho. The artisanal technique of fermenting as whole bunches with traditional foot stomping, followed by maturation in a combination of seasoned oak puncheons and our stone egg tanks has produced a wine with an ethereal combination of fruit, mineral, floral and herbal elements.
Rose petal, raspberry and forest floor notes combine for a captivating aroma. The palate beguiles with those same characters layered on top of a firm yet velveteen texture."