"The Gamay Noir 2021, like the Chenin Blanc, is made with fruit from the Two Terraces vineyard in Maraekakaho. This is a deliberate and purposeful piece of winemaking. Made using carbonic maceration, it is unashamedly candy pink and so light that it could pass as a full-bodied ros‚àö¬©. The nose is a melting cornucopia of small berry fruit, subtle pepperiness, and just a hint of candy floss. The palate is flowingly smooth, sweet-fruited and caressingly gently with bright strawberry notes which finish with touch of savoury, rosemary and peppercorn. This needs to be served at least slightly chilled to capitalise on its lip-smacking tartness, but not so much that you lose the gobs of fun fruit in it. Although it is ostensibly inspired by Beaujolais Nouveau, it also challenges the normal parameters of what constitutes a red wine and a ros‚àö¬©. Regardless of categorisation, it is a guilty pleasure to drink.‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√ë‚àöœÄ - Stephen Wong MW
Tasting Note: Bright red fruits, raspberry and plum, with a hint of sap and spice. The palate is soft and textural with the red fruits again dominating. Super fine tannins and a fresh acid. Our Gamay Noir is grown by Ian and Linda Quinn at Two Terraces Vineyard, on the Mangatahi Terraces, 15km further inland from the Gimblett Gravels. The Managatahi Terraces are ancient river terraces formed over thousands of years by the Ngaruroro River, which now flows more than 30m below the vineyard. These terraces are made up of greywacke and gravel under volcanic, stony, silt based, topsoil.
Winemaking Notes: 100% carbonic maceration for 7-9 days (clone dependant) before being whole bunch pressed to stainless steel tanks. 3 months of batanoge before being blended and bottled in June 2021, unfined.
Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
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