Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah 2016
The resurrection of the Black Swan.
Te Mata Bullnose Syrah has a deep crimson colour and weaves of fruity and spicy aroma. It eludes violets, black cherries, ripe berry, star anise and licorice. A luxurious and expressive mouthfill, balanced by velvety tannins. The aromatic dark berries and espresso leads to a finely textured finish. This bottle of wonderfully fragrant medium bodied wine with a rich palate that is sure to satisfy. An awesome bottle to explore Syrah from a cooler climate. This bottle might even change your mind about favouring Syrah from warming climates.
Located in the scenic Hawke’s Bay region, Te Mata Estate is a family-owned winery known for producing internationally recognized wines. The range of terrain, climate and free-draining soil has earned Hawke’s Bay its reputation as a quality wine-growing region. Estate Vineyards was launched in 2012 as a collection of five varietally-designated wines that represent the best qualities of Te Mata’s grape varieties, vintages and Hawke’s origin.
Separate parcels of fully ripened Syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Vineyards between 4 – 12 April 2016.The individual lots were each destemmed and given a traditional warm-plunged fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and then a secondary malolactic fermentation. The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 15 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before egg-white fining, blending and then bottling in September 2017.
Vineyard partners Michael Morris and Peter Cowley named Bullnose after an early Morris Cowley car, nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the car’s radiator crest. Since 1905, this winery has been winning gold medals globally, which led to these sites becoming the country’s first to be protected by law due to their viticultural history…Te Mata Estate wines are currently available in 45 countries and have been presented at some of the world’s top tables— including to President Barrack Obama, President Xi Jinping, and Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.”
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AWARD & ACCOLADES
Confected black fruit, finely layered tannins, a touch of bacon and smoke on the finish. Dry, savoury, meaty persistence.”
“A very modern take on Syrah which turns up the chocolate and cappuccino characters to create a rich and silky wine. There’s dark cherry and ripe raspberry fruit to balance the roasted coffee tannins with an acid spike. Extended skin contact and a warmish fermentation have given this depth and elegance.
…a pronounced spicy, peppery aroma, the palate sweet rich and deep in very elegant, classy fruit flavour. The tannins are ample and refined, balanced and the wine is overall delicious. Black pepper, subtle cloves and other spices. It has a core of fruit sweetness that is utterly delicious.
Wonderfully fragrant—almost perfumed—the 2016 Bullnose Syrah is loaded with violets and peppery spice notes. Never the biggest Hawke’s Bay Syrah, the 2016 shows just enough red cherry and raspberry fruit to support those other elements, some silky tannins and a ripe, mouthwatering, licorice-tinged finish. Drink this vintage over the near term. It’s entirely destemmed fruit from the Bridge Pa subregion aged in 37% new French oak for 15-16 months.”
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