Tasting Notes 2013
Estate Vineyards Syrah '13 has a dark crimson colour with complex characters of raspberry, red plum and boysenberry together with notes of lavender, cinnamon and five spice. The concentrated palate is immediatley syrupy in texture, band balanced by firm powdery tannins that provide great length to the sweet red berry fruit flavours.
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 '13 will continue to evolve in bottle for 2-4 years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.7g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier , 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 December 2013.
2013 was a remarkable vintage, touted as the finest in 30 years. The exceptional growing season resulted in very ripe grapes with fresh acidity and fine, supple tannin structure.
Estate Vineyards Syrah '13 was harvested between 11 April and 15 May 2013 from Te Mata Estate's own vineyards in Hawke's Bay's Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions.
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.