Tasting Notes 2010
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘10 has a bright crimson colour with aromas of red cherries, raspberries and the pepper and jasmine floral notes. The palate features the same red berry fruits completed by baking spice flavours and integrated soft tannins. This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 2-5 years from harvest.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘10 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: 5.6g/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 12 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg-white fining before being bottled in March 2011.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2010 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 15 April and 5 May 2010.
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.