Te Mata (Hawkes Bay) 2019 Bullnose Syrah
96 Points - Cameron Douglas MS camdouglasms.com
98 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim wineorbit.co.nz February 2021
"The wine exhibits a great degree of elegance as well as opulence and gutsy substance. The sweetly fragrant bouquet shows Black Doris plum, violet, cedar and game characters with a touch of pepper spice. It's weighty and sumptuous on the palate displaying awesome fruit purity and silky mouthfeel, wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins. A stunning rendition of the variety. At its best: 2026 to 2039."
96 Points 5 Stars - Huon Hooke therealreview.com November 2019
"Deep, bright, youthful purple/red colour, with a pronounced spicy, peppery aroma, the palate sweet rich and deep in very elegant, classy fruit flavour. The tannins are ample and refined, balanced and the wine is overall delicious. Black pepper, subtle cloves and other spices. It has a core of fruit sweetness that is utterly delicious"
5 Stars - Michael Cooper Listener Magazine March 2021
"This graceful red was estate grown at three sites, including the Bullnose vineyard in the Bridge Pā Triangle. Barrel-matured for over a year, it is dark and finely scented, with deep, youthful plum, black pepper and liquorice flavours, deliciously harmonious and long. Best 2024-plus."
95 Points & 5 Stars - Bob Campbell Real review
"From a hot vintage with a low rainfall. Ripe plum and berry flavours, with less floral influence than usual. A ripe, firmlystructured, peppery wine with a seasoning of nutty oak. Accessible now but needs time to show its best."
Listed in the 2019 Fine Wines of New Zealand list!
Named Bullnose after an early Morris Cowley car, nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the car’s radiator crest. Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose, Hotspur and Isosceles Vineyards between 3 and 17 April 2019. 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. The separate wines were then run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 14 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before blending and then bottling in October 2020.
Brilliant amethyst with a deep black core, Bullnose Syrah ’19 glimmers with raspberry, ripe black cherry, and dried strawberry over lush velvet tannins. There are grace notes of black pepper, chocolate, liquorice, lilac, even char and baking spices, with the structure and elegance contributing to undeniable ageing potential. Ripe-fruited. Taut. Silky. Bullnose Syrah ’19 is utter class. A black velvet beauty.