TASTING NOTES 2011
Bullnose ’11 has a bright magenta colour, with aromas and flavours of fresh raspberry, red cherry, cinnamon and allspice. The delightful palate is immediately satisfying with layered red berry and plum flavours, infused with sandalwood and vanilla, and a finely textured, sustained tannin finish.
Closed with a natural cork that will allow Bullnose ’11 will continue to evolve in bottle for eight years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.4g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The individual lots 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 then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation, before blending, egg-white fining and then bottling in July 2012.
Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose Vineyard between 19 and 22 April, 2011.
Vineyard partners Michael Morris and Peter Cowley named Bullnose after an early Morris Cowley car, nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the car’s radiator crest.
"Make no bones about it, Te Mata wines are sheer brilliance. They are highly lauded, with the top tier, flagship wines being extremely sought after."BJ Foley, Bottled Brilliance, August 2013 All Reviews