Te Mata ‘Bullnose’ Hawke’s Bay Syrah 2009

Syrah from New Zealand - Hawke's Bay
Review Date : 03-Jan-2015
Bright, dark ruby-red colour with light purple hues on edge. The bouquet is beautifully fragrant with aromatic, dark red berry fruits lifted with dark red and violet perfumes. The aromatics are pure and fruit-focussed, still youthful and with very sensitive oak lift. The fruit purity speaks of Hawke’s Bay and ‘Bullnose’. Medium to medium-full bodied, the palate is very fine and firmly concentrated with an elegant core of sweetly ripe black berried fruits infused with black pepper and lifted by fragrant violetty florals. Oaking is very discreet. The tannins are dry and satin-like and carry the wine to a very long, sustained, aromatic finish. This has great purity, sweetness, aromatic lift and fine-features. It will continue to develop another 10+ years. Hand-picked fruit from the ‘Bullnose’ vineyard, from vines 13-21 y.o., destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 15 months in 35-40% new French oak. 19.0+/20 Nov 2014 RRP $45.00 This is arguably the best Syrah yet for Te Mata. Fruit from the ‘Bullnose' site on old red iron soils, from vines up to 19 y.o., this was fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged in new and seasoned French oak for 15 months. Dark purple-red in colour, this has a beautifully perfumed, primary fruited nose of violets, black and white pepper, spices and dark fruits. The palate is rich, but stylishly elegant, the ethereal florals lifting the dark berry fruit flavours. The wine has velvety textures and a sustained finish. This will keep 7-10 years.  Mar 2011

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