93 pts Wine Enthusiast May 2021
Te Mata’s bright, cherry-hued Gamay makes for a refreshing change from its more polished, structured, traditionally made reds. Aromas of fresh red currants and blueberries are followed by savory spice and autumnal woodsy notes like damp leaves, sap and wet stones. There’s lovely tension and freshness on the palate, which is silky but cinched by sappy tannins. There’s a medicinal bitters bite at the finish. Drink now
In 1995, Te Mata Estate introduced to New Zealand a superior selection of Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, the grape variety of the best wines of France’s Beaujolais region. Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’20 is a single vineyard wine from Te Mata Estate’s Woodthorpe Terraces vineyard, harvested on 3 and 12 March 2020.
A bright, deep magenta, Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’20 has the immediate lifted aromas of black cherry, wild strawberry and star anise. The palate is soft and pillowy with a racing-stripe of boysenberry ripple through it. There are dark roses, raspberries, and notes of sandalwood and liquorice. Soft red and black summer fruits are balanced here by a thirst-quenching freshness. Estate Vineyards Gamay Noir ’20 overflows with deliciousness and fun. Summer in a glass.