Tasting Notes 2009
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘09 has a youthful, bright purple colour and a fragrance of violets and raspberries, with an underlying hint of cardamom. The palate is flavorsome and elegant, showing spiced blueberries and dried apricot characters, with soft tannins and great finesse. This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 2-5 years from harvest.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘09 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: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
Fully-ripened syrah was combined with 4% 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 13 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg-white fining before being bottled in June 2010.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2009 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 30 March and 18 April 2009.
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.