Some wines we tried and liked at the recent Te Mata showcase:
Te Mata Estate Gamay Noir 2014 – $$ – drink 2015-2016. L loved this. Nose of cigarettes and old smoker (perhaps a residue of carbonic maceration), leavened with red berries and lollies. Palate of light red fruits, lively freshness, nice burst of acidity at the finish.
Te Mata Estate Zara Viognier 2014 – $$$ – drink 2015 – 2018. Bright gold. Sweet ripe golden fruit, perfumed, notes of soft pears, pear tree blossom, crystalised ginger. Dry in the mouth, savoury, oily quality, good weight, saline finish. Told it works well with artichokes.
Te Mata Estate Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc 2013 – $$$ – drink 2015-2021. Truly outstanding. Elegant, dense nose. Great concentration. Floral, white flowers, fresh apples, oak-softened fruit aromas. In the mouth, ripeness, purity and great expression. Fresh crisp concentrated fruit on initial attack, and a perfect finish of acidity and length.
Te Mata Estate Elston Chardonnay 2013 – $$$ – drink 2015-2018. Clean and linear on the nose. Refined. Not a shouter. Really ripe and rich and concentrated tastes, good weight, fresh citrus characters and nougat. It is currently holding back, and will open up over time. Delicious.