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2014 Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah

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This cracking syrah (shiraz) from Te Mata is just the sort of wine to splash out on if you want to spoil yourself a little. It's quite a medium-bodied style (13% alcohol), and shows lots of pepper spice, red fruits and vanilla on the nose. The palate is surprisingly plush and juicy, with compact red and black fruit flavours, lashings of spice, licks of toasted vanilla, fine-grained tannins, and a long, lingering, spicy finish. An excellent wine from a trying year. 

Winemaker's Notes

Vinification

The individual lots were each destemmed and given a traditional warm-plunged fermentation. The resulting wines underwent extended maceration on skins before pressing and then a secondary malolactic fermentation.

Maturation

The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 15 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before egg-white fining, blending and then bottling in September 2015.

Appearance

A deep, vibrant purple.

Palate

Rolls out of the glass in waves of mocha, oriental spice, plum and dark, dark cherry. Lavishly textured with concentrated layers of raspberry and blackcurrant.

Alc/Vol: 13.5%

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2014 Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
A fine, feminine and subtle wine that carries plenty of the trademark white pepper on the nose, along with fine spices and a very nicely placed oak layer - packed with wild raspberries and kirsch. The palate's supple, fine and even - really superb depth here, with plenty of raspberries, plums, cherry and spice. Tannins are fine yet sturdy; the balance is so neatly struck that the power's deceptive here. It will reveal in time.
The Good Wine Guide 2012
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Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (2002 Vintage) says
Grown in the Bullnose vineyard, in the Ngatarawa district of Hawke's Bay, this very classy red is matured for 16 months in French oak barriques, new and one-year-old. The 2001 vintage is slightly less intense than the benchmark 2000 vintage but unusually savoury and complex, with plum, black-pepper and nutty oak flavours, noble tannins and a long, spicy finish
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Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
Grown in the Bullnose vineyard, in the Ngatarawa district of Hawke's Bay, this very classy red is matured for 16 months in French oak barriques, new and one-year-old. The 2001 vintage is slightly less intense than the benchmark 2000 vintage but unusually savoury and complex, with plum, black-pepper and nutty oak flavours, noble tannins and a long, spicy finish
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Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1997 Vintage) says
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James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a fine and elegant bouquet with a dash of spice and pepper on top of classic black cherry varietal fruit on the bouquet. That same varietal character comes lancing through the palate, with liquorice, spice and pepper flavours, and an elegance which is missing from all of the other Hawke's Bay Syrahs I have tasted.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
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Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
The 1995 vintage is dear evidence that Syrah can yield complex, structured reds in Hawke's Bay. Matured for 14 months in new and seasoned oak casks, it's a classy wine with cool-climate delicacy and intensity of varietal character. The flavour is impressively concentrated, raspberryish and peppery, finishing long and firm. It needs time; open 1998 onwards.
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Michael Cooper (1994 Vintage) says
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Michael Cooper (1992 Vintage) says
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