Staff Selections • Bill McCleary
Winter Pick 2023
Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir
(Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand)
The Gamay grape is not all that common in New Zealand, yet it does exist. The Te Mata estate in historic Hawke’s Bay produces this delicious red wine using unique “carbonic maceration” fermentation, which enhances the fruit and floral aromas of the wine. Matured in seasoned French oak barrels before bottling. I tasted this Te Mata red recently with a Creole spiced sea bass. It was a perfect match. Light and soft Gamay with really tasty seafood. This is a dry firm wine that has a short aging life of 3-5 years. Not meant to mature very long term. Right now this 2021 vintage shows lots of freshness and fruit vitality… raspberry, strawberry, and black cherry. Secondary notes of smoke, licorice, and cinnamon create interesting light spiciness. This red is stylish and yet simple. A real delight to drink.