Tasting Notes 2012
Estate Vineyards Syrah '12 has a bright crimson colour with characters of raspberry, red cherry, rosemary and allspice, over savoury charcuterie notes. The palate is soft and full flavoured with well integrated tannins leading to a supple even finish.
It is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft cheese.
Estate Vineyards Syrah '12 will continue to evolve in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.4g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of 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 ten months' maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white finish, before being bottled in March 2013.
Estate Vineyards Syrah '12 was harvested from Te Mata Estate's own vineyards in the Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle, between 17 April and 5 May 2012.
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.