Te Mata ‘Bullnose’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

Te Mata Estate planted Syrah just after pioneer Alan Limmer, in 1990, on the red iron soils of the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard west of Hastings. The wine from what is now called the ‘Bridge Pa Wine Triangle’ district has always been different to the more publicised examples from the Gimblett Gravels, and is nowadays appreciated for their more supple structures and greater aromatic character. The ‘Bullnose’ style is very much a Hawke’s Bay classic that continues to evolve as one of New Zealand’s best Syrahs. The name ‘Bullnose’ was given by vineyard partners Michael Morris and Peter Cowley, both vintage car enthusiasts, after the Morris Cowley car which was nicknamed ‘Bullnose’ due to its distinctive radiator. Here, I review the 2014 vintage release, which celebrates a quarter century of the wine. www.temata.co.nz


  • Te Mata ‘Bullnose’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2014

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