Delicious Summer Drinking with Te Mata

If you are looking for a juicy red that’s a versatile summer sipper for lunch or dinner or anywhere in between, then Te Mata Gamay Noir 2013 could just be the wine for you.Te Mata Gamay Noir

From the Woodthorpe sub-region of Hawkes Bay, this is the most delicious, juicy and impressive ‘light style’ red I have had in a long time.

The stain-promising inky purple-pink hue screams ‘blockbuster’, but that’s not what this is at all. It’s juicy, light-hearted and refreshing and can even be slightly chilled.

The bouquet radiates juicy ripe boysenberries and blueberries. Then when you taste this juicy, light-hearted, refreshing beauty, there is only one word and that’s ‘Yum’. The fruit is juicy and sweet but it’s quite savoury too with nuances of wood smoke and a bright spicy finish with a hint of red liquorice and smooth tannins in the background.

This was so delicious to sip on while steaks cooked on the barbecue, but it was surprisingly very very good with the steaks as well. The steaks had been marinated in Worcestershire sauce and seasonings. I also enjoyed the wine with the accompanying tomato salad. Very versatile indeed.

It has 13% alcohol and it costs $19.90 according to the Te Mata Estate website, where I found out that carbonic maceration was used for just over half of this wine’s grapes to enhance the fruit and floral aromas – fruity it definitely is! Want something different for Christmas Day? Then try this.

Gamay Noir is the workhorse grape of Beaujolais but we don’t often see Beaujolais with this depth of colour, structure and stature. In fact, these days in New Zealand we rarely see Beaujolais at all. Te Mata introduced this superior selection of Gamay Noir à Jus Blanc, the grape variety of the best wines of France’s Beaujolais region, in 1992. I do wish more growers would persevere with this lovely summer style wine.

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