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Bullnose '13

Bullnose Syrah '18

First planted in 1990, the Bullnose Vineyard’s old red iron soils produce Te Mata Estate’s finest syrah. This wine has distinct floral and spice aromas, rich flavours of plum, raspberry and blackberry, with a velvety texture.

$74.90/ bottle

The striking magenta colour is unusually deep, reflecting the great vintage. On the nose, beautiful aromas of black and red cherries and raspberries are infused with nutmeg, cinnamon spice and toasty oak.
The palate is rich, ripe and juicy, echoing all the inviting aromas. There is great integration of the fruit and oak with the remarkably fine, even and supple tannins. There has never been a more drinkable and delicious Bullnose on release, and this wine shows every sign of going on to greatness with cellaring. Bullnose ‘13 is beautiful.

pH: 3.56
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

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
October 2014.

Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose Vineyard between 11 April and 15 May 2013.

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.

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Bullnose '13 - 'Is a bit of a Lothario on the nose, seducing with mulberry, black plum and hints of clove. It is less opulent than the 2015 and yet the aromatics convey real harmony. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, very nicely pitched acidity, a rounded texture and a straightforward but satisfying finish of blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit tinged with spice. A delightful, easygoing Syrah that just keeps nagging you back for another sip.' 91 points
Neal Martin, Vinous, May 2018 All Reviews