Syrah

Bullnose '07

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 2007

Bullnose ‘07 has a youthful deep ruby colour, with fl oral, plum and dark cherry aromas on the nose. In the mouth, delicious plum, cherry syrup and raspberry flavours combine with vanilla and spice, while the ripe fruit tannins are silky and even. It will continue to evolve in bottle for eight years from harvest.

As the Bullnose vineyard’s original plantings have developed greater maturity, we have seen a corresponding increase in the palate weight and structure of Bullnose Syrah. Additional syrah clones, imported from France in the mid-‘90s, have introduced floral aromatics and greater complexity.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.54
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.9g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING

Bullnose ‘07 is a blend of three clones of syrah. These separate parcels were each destemmed and given a traditional warm, plunged fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and malolactic fermentation. They were then run into a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 16 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before egg-white fining, blending and bottling in September 2008.

VINEYARDS

Bullnose ‘07 is a blend of three clones of syrah, hand harvested between 20 and 27 April.

ORIGIN

Michael Morris and Peter Cowley, vineyard partners and old car enthusiasts, named Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose vineyard after the pre-1928 Morris Cowley car, nicknamed ‘Bullnose’ due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the Bullnose car’s radiator crest.