TASTING NOTES 2001
Bullnose Syrah is a savoury, elegant wine. It has a fine ruby colour with lifted aromas of raspberries, pepper and spice, a flavour of dark cherries and a supple, even palate with a long finish. It will continue to develop in the bottle for 3-5 years from harvest.
Bullnose Syrah 2001 is an ideal accompaniment to Hawke’s Bay lamb, savoury, full-flavoured cuisine, particularly Italian dishes, and soft-ripened cheeses.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Classical winemaking techniques were used to emphasise the rich, savoury characters of the variety. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and given a warm plunged fermentation. The resulting wine underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and malolatic fermentation. It was then run into new and older French oak barriques for 16 months maturation. During this time it was topped, racked and then egg-white fined prior to being bottled in October 2002.
The low cropped grapes were hand harvested on the 2nd and 20th April 2001.
Michael Morris and Peter Cowley, vineyard partners and old car enthusiasts, named this wine after the pre-1928 Morris Cowley car, nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem of the label is drawn from the Bullnose car’s radiator crest.