Syrah

Bullnose '08

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TASTING NOTES 2008

Bullnose ’08 is a dark ruby colour with aromas and flavours of violets, black cherry liqueur and spice, intermingled with notes of prune and raspberry. The rich, full-flavoured palate displays velvety, even tannins. 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-1990’s, have introduced floral aromatics and greater complexity.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.54
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING

Separate grape parcels underwent traditional winemaking processes: warm-plunged fermentation leading to extended maceration on skins before pressing, followed by secondary malolactic fermentation. New and seasoned French oak barriques were used for a period of 16 months’ maturation before the final egg-white fining, blending and bottling in September 2009.

VINEYARDS

Bullnose ‘08 Syrah was hand-harvested between 1 and 5 April 2008.

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.