TASTING NOTES 2010
Bullnose ’10 has a dark crimson colour, with complex aromas of boysenberry, raspberry, red plum, red roses and allspice. The palate is full and even with great balance and purity of varietal expression. Powdery tannins provide structure and a long, elegant finish. It will continue to evolve in bottle for eight years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The individual grapes were handled in a traditional manner; destemming, a warm, plunged fermentation, extended skin maceration, pressing, and then a secondary malolactic fermentation. The separate wines were run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation, before egg-white fining, blending and then bottling in July 2011.
With the original syrah plantings in the Bullnose vineyards now twenty years of age, Bullnose ‘10 displays the vineyard’s growing maturity through its aromatic complexity and elegant, fine-grained, tannin structure.
Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah were hand-harvested from the Bullnose vineyard between 22 and 27 April 2010.
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.