Gamay Noir is the grape variety of Beaujolais – an incredibly under-rated variety which has a growing number of ardent fans around the world. Here in New Zealand Te Mata have been producing their Gamay Noir for nearly 20 years building a loyal fan base for its juicy, red berried, softly textured style.
The new 2021 is a beauty – Te Mata say it is the best they have made.. we agree. Everything you want and expect. Flavour, deliciousness and fun. Perfect with spicy foods or on its own. When the weather is warmer you can even chill it down.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Candy-apple red and edged in royal purple, Estate Gamay Noir ’21 is bursting with raspberry, Turkish delight, blueberry, wild strawberry, and ripe, black cherry. Its superfloral, red-fruit presence is balanced by subtle notes of smoke, liquorice, sandalwood, and cinnamon. A gorgeous line of bright acidity runs the length of the wine, giving incredible freshness and persistence. A supreme example, Estate Gamay Noir ’21 captivates and refreshes at the same time. Silky, stylish, and simply stunning.
Estate Gamay Noir ’21 can be enjoyed immediately upon release and can be served at room temperature or, during summer, lightly chilled."
Reviews for previous vintages below…
91/100 Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, July 2021 (2020 Vintage)
"Dark cherry, ripe strawberry and spice, toasted hazelnuts with a bloody meat character. It’s juicy, a bit savoury too, with light tannin, spicy poached strawberries, bright acidity, and a finish of good length. In short, it’s a good glass of Gamay, more in to the ‘fun times’ zone, over serious structured style, but altogether pleasing in that way."
4 Stars Michael Cooper (2018 Vintage)
"A sort of red wine for white-wine lovers, the 2018 vintage is delicious young. Bright, light ruby, with fresh, berryish aromas, it is medium-bodied, vibrantly fruity and smooth, with strong, plummy, slightly spicy flavours, gentle tannins, and lots of youthful impact."
91/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"It is delightfully perfumed and inviting on the nose showing raspberry, cranberry and floral characters with a touch of spicy complexity. The palate delivers juicy fruit intensity and rounded mouthfeel, wonderfully supported by silky texture and fine, polished tannins. It is light, bright and very tasty to a lengthy refreshing finish."