Tasting Notes 2007
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘07 is a deep crimson colour with aromas of allspice, plum and jasmine. The palate shows spicy, cinnamon notes, rich ﬂavours of dark chocolate, black cherry and blueberry, and a ﬁne tannin grip to the ﬁnish. This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 4-6 years from harvest.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘07 is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, 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 was combined with 5% viognier grapes then destemmed and co-fermented. 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 ﬁ ning before being bottled in December 2008.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2007 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 29 March and 27 April 2007.
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.