Syrah

Bullnose '04

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TASTING NOTES 2004

Bullnose Syrah 204 has a rich magenta colour and a fragrant nose featuring damson plums and blackberry liqueur, with touches of vanilla and spice. The palate is ripe, juicy and elegant with fresh and preserved raspberry and blackberry fruit flavours.

Bullnose 2004 is the best example of this wine to date. First planted in 1990, in recent years the Bullnose vineyard has performed extremely well as the original plantings have gained greater maturity. In 2004, we were delighted to be able to also include a new French clone of Syrah for the first time.

Bullnose Syrah 2004 will continue to develop in bottle for 5 – 8 years from harvest. It is a wine to pause, think and talk about, while being served alongside all the traditional foods that suit great wine.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.7
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 14%
Residual sugar: Nil

WINEMAKING

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, blending and bottling in September 2005.

VINEYARDS

The grapes for Bullnose Syrah 2004 were hand harvested from the Bullnose vineyard on the 14th and 28th April 2004.

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.