Syrah

Bullnose '03

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TASTING NOTES 2003

Bullnose Syrah 2003 has a dark crimson colour with complex aromas of black plum, boysenberry, game and cracked pepper. The elegant palate shows the same dark fruit flavours, with a fine tannin grip and long even finish. Bullnose Syrah 2003 will continue to develop in bottle for 3 – 6 years from harvest.

Bullnose Syrah 2003 can be enjoyed with most full flavoured meat dishes, especially barbequed lamb or game.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.66
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.5 g/l
Alcohol: 13%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING

Severe spring frosts have resulted in the 2003 vintage of this wine being the smallest production since 1994. In keeping with Te Mata Estate’s “no-compromise” approach to production of its wines, tremendous efforts were made to ensure that only the very best fruit has gone into the finished wine.

The bunches were destemmed and crushed before a traditional warm plunged fermentation. The resulting wine underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and malolactic fermentation. It was then run into a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 16 months’ maturation. During this time, the wine was regularly topped and racked before egg-white fining and bottling in October 2004.

VINEYARDS

The grapes were hand harvested on the 30th April 2003.

ORIGIN

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.