Syrah

Bullnose '05

Bullnose Syrah '16

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

TASTING NOTES 2005

Bullnose ‘05 has a dark magenta colour with ripe, exotic aromas of damson plums, blackberry syrup and allspice. The palate has highlights of vanilla and marzipan and supple even tannins providing great length. It is more concentrated than any previous vintage and will cellar for at least ten years.

Since the first Bullnose Syrah, from 1992, each successive vintage has steadily increased in palate weight and structure as the original plantings have developed greater maturity. In recent years, the addition of a new French clone of Syrah has introduced fl oral aromatics and greater complexity.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.5
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
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 2006.

VINEYARDS

In the fabulous 2005 vintage, these separate parcels of grapes were hand harvested between the 24 April and 2 May.

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.