Te Mata Estate Alma 2020
- Pinot Noir
- New Zealand, 750ml
Brilliant crimson with a royal purple edge, Alma Pinot Noir ’20 has an entrancing nose of wild strawberry and cherry syrup, oriental spice, sea salt and woodsmoke. The complex palate deepens into five spice, truffle, and earth notes, with just the slightest fragrance of Earl Grey tea. Bright red fruit sparkles among a filigree of tannin. Alma Pinot Noir ’20 has presence and persistence throughout, with prettiness at its heart.
- Winery: Te Mata Estate
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Region: Hawke's Bay, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2020
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Cork
- Other: Sustainable Winegrowing, Vegan-friendly
- Food pairing: Chicken & duck; lamb & mild sausage; tuna & salmon; mushroom risotto; mushroom & light-medium red sauces; brie & goats cheese
Alma celebrates Dr James Thomson, a hero of the 1854 Battle of the Alma during the Crimean War and forefather to Te Mata Estate’s Buck family. Knowing the vanquished enemy soldiers had already contracted cholera, Dr Thomson volunteered to tend to their wounds, saving the lives of over four hundred, and sacrificing his own in the process. The medal he was awarded for this selfless act of valour appears on the label of Alma Pinot Noir.
Established in the early 1890s, Te Mata is New Zealand's oldest winery and, like Villa Maria and Babich, proudly family-owned. In the last thirty-odd years, Te Mata Estate have established themselves as a leading force in New Zealand wine, with John Buck's Te Mata Coleraine acknowledged globally as one of New Zealand's finest red wines, their Bullnose Syrah considered one of New Zealand's finest examples, and their Elston Chardonnay garnering huge acclaim.
While a family-operated winery, it is the team at Te Mata Estate that ensure this winery remains at the top of the game: you have Chairman John Buck's vast experience and guiding hand, Peter Cowley's exceptional winemaking skills, and Nicholas Buck’s drive and dedication to the expansion of a proud legacy. Three generations of the Buck family work here, and Te Mata Estate regularly work in the Bordeau and Burgundy to gain experience.
The remarkable consistency that Te Mata Estate has achieved for over thirty-five years is attributable to their control over every aspect of winemaking and, importantly, the longevity of their team. CEO Nicholas Buck explains: "All grapes are harvested exclusively from estate vineyards; we don't source fruit from any other region and our wines are made, matured and bottled on-premise. We have retained an excellent team that have worked together managing the vineyards and the winemaking, vintage after vintage."
- 96/100 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2019 vintage)
- 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine (2019 vintage)
- 95/100 Points - Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)
- 4 Stars & 94/100 Points - Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review (2019 vintage)
- 92/100 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front (2019 vintage)
- 5 Stars & 96/100 Points - 2019 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit (2018 vintage)
- 5 Stars - 2019 Michael Cooper (2018 vintage)
- 94/100 Points - 2019 Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
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