Syrah

Bullnose '12

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TASTING NOTES 2012

Bullnose ’12 has a saturated magenta colour, with aromas and flavours of plum sauce, dark cherry, cinnamon and smoke. The elegant palate is soft, with ripe, firm tannins and great length of flavour through to a satisfying finish.

Bullnose ’12 is closed with a natural cork, allowing continued evolution in bottle for eight years from harvest.

TECHNICAL ANALYSIS

pH: 3.3
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.8g/l
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual sugar: Dry

WINEMAKING

The individual lots were each destemmed and given a traditional warm-plunged fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and then a secondary malolactic fermentation. The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 15 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before egg-white fining, blending and then bottling in September 2013.

VINEYARDS

Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose Vineyard between 17 April and 4 May 2012.

ORIGIN

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.