TASTING NOTES 2007
Bullnose ‘07 has a youthful deep ruby colour, with ﬂ oral, plum and dark cherry aromas on the nose. In the mouth, delicious plum, cherry syrup and raspberry ﬂavours combine with vanilla and spice, while the ripe fruit tannins are silky and even. It will continue to evolve in bottle for eight years from harvest.
As the Bullnose vineyard’s original plantings have developed greater maturity, we have seen a corresponding increase in the palate weight and structure of Bullnose Syrah. Additional syrah clones, imported from France in the mid-‘90s, have introduced ﬂoral aromatics and greater complexity.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.9g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Bullnose ‘07 is a blend of three clones of syrah. These separate parcels were each destemmed and given a traditional warm, plunged fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and malolactic fermentation. They were then run into a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 16 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before egg-white ﬁning, blending and bottling in September 2008.
Bullnose ‘07 is a blend of three clones of syrah, hand harvested between 20 and 27 April.
Michael Morris and Peter Cowley, vineyard partners and old car enthusiasts, named Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose vineyard after the pre-1928 Morris Cowley car, nicknamed ‘Bullnose’ due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the Bullnose car’s radiator crest.