Estate Vineyards

Syrah '15

Estate Vineyards Syrah '15

Sourced exclusively from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards, the Estate Vineyards wines represent the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke’s Bay origin.

$19.90/ bottle

Estate Vineyards Syrah has a touch of white Viognier, a traditional winemaking technique in France’s Rhône Valley. It introduces a delightful floral aroma and supple texture to Syrah’s spicy dark-berry flavours.

Bright red with a purple hue, a glass of Estate Vineyards Syrah ’15 is like opening a spicebox. It overflows with cherry, blackberry, boysenberry, thyme, pepper and the irresistible scents of Black Doris plum and vanilla. There’s floral lift and charm here, but also a supple palate with luxurious savoury fruit and enticing notes of red and black liquorice. The perfume and depth of this syrah is matched by its fine, textural expression, balance and soft, even tannins

Estate Vineyards Syrah ’15 will continue to evolve in bottle for two to four years from harvest.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH 3.7
Total acidity as tartaric  5.8g/l
Alcohol 13.0%
Residual Sugar Dry

WINEMAKING

The syrah grapes were combined with 2% of viognier, 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 seven months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white fining before being bottled in March 2016.

VINEYARDS

Estate Vineyards Syrah ’15 was harvested between the 7th and 21st April 2015 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions.

ORIGIN

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.

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'Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with concentrated and intense aromas of richly ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, lifted with bright yellow floral notes from the Viognier. Medium-bodied, rich, sweet concentrated flavours of ripe black berried fruits are lifted by aromatic raspberry notes. This has good energy and tension, and the wine carries to a soft, densely packed, lingering finish.' ★★★★
Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Review - Te Mata Estate Showcase Summary, 2015 All Reviews