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.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.6g/l
Residual sugar: Nil
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.
In the fabulous 2005 vintage, these separate parcels of grapes were hand harvested between the 24 April and 2 May.
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.