Tasting Notes 2006
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2006 is a bright crimson colour, with fragrant aromas of boysenberry and raspberry together with white pepper and jasmine notes. The palate is plump with juicy red berry fruits, syrah spice and nicely integrated toasty oak. This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 4-6 years from harvest.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2006 is a wonderful accompaniment to full ﬂavoured red meats, particularly the savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft ripened cheeses.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.7g/l
Residual sugar: Nil
Fully-ripened syrah grapes were combined with viognier grapes (at a ratio of 95% to 5%), destemmed and fermented together in open-top tanks. Following a warm, hand-plunged fermentation, the resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg-white ﬁning before being bottled in November 2007.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2006 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 12 and 21 April 2006.
The co-fermentation of Syrah with small amounts of the white grape variety, Viognier, is a traditional winemaking technique in France's northern Rhone Valley. The addition of Viognier introduces a perfume/floral aroma to the soft red berry and spice flavours of Syrah.