Tasting Notes 2011
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘11 has a deep crimson colour with aromas of cherries, boysenberries, cinnamon and toast. The palate is soft and integrated with delightful cherry fruit and a supple even finish.
This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest. Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘11 is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft ripened cheeses.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier grapes, then destemmed and co-fermented. The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It
was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 9 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg-white fining before being bottled in March 2012.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2011 was harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 2 – 22 April 2011.
The co-fermentation of Syrah with small amounts of the white grape variety, Viognier, is a traditional winemaking technique in France's northern Rhone Valley. The addition of Viognier introduces a perfume/floral aroma to the soft red berry and spice flavours of Syrah.