Super Classic & 5 Stars - Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide
"Since its debut from the 2018 vintage, Alma has emerged as the Hawke's Bay region's finest Pinot Noir. Estate-grown inland, at the Woodthorpe Terraces Vineyard in the Dartmoor Valley, the 2021 vintage (5*) was matured for 10 months in French oak barriques, new and seasoned. Deep, bright ruby, it is fragrant and full-bodied, with concentrated cherry, plum and spice flavours, complex and savoury, supple tannins and a rich, lingering finish. Still very youthful, it's well worth cellaring to 2025+"
96 Points - James Suckling,
"This includes some Gimblett Gravel fruit which gives black and white pepper, iodine, lead pencil, and black fruit aromas and flavors. Tar and asphalt. Full-bodied and tied in with a lovely structure and focus. Linear and very racy. Terrific integration and structure. Drinkable, but better in two or three years."
99 Points & 5 Stars - Sam Kim,
"Expressing precision and purity, combined with brooding strength and complexity, this is spectacular and breathtaking. Immediately appealing with dark plum, sweet cherry, graphite, olive, spicy oak and floral aromas, it’s succulent and fleshy in the mouth delivering layers of seductive flavours backed by beautifully infused tannins. It’s mouthfilling and velvety with a prolonged engaging finish. At its best: 2027 to 2045"

Winery description
"The wine is named Bullnose after an early Morris Cowley car, which was nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the wine 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, Isosceles and Hotspur Vineyards on 25 and 26 March 2021. 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 16 months’ maturation. During this time, they were regularly topped and racked, before blending and then bottling in November 2022. Magnificent deep magenta, Bullnose ’21 entices with fl oral fragrance of lavender, violets and a dusting of cardamon and cinnamon developing on the palate into black cherry syrup, boysenberry and Turkish delight. Grace notes of char, truffle and pink peppercorns appear in layer upon layer of velvet tannins that run from front to back in the wine - extending the mid-palate presence into a long, sustained finish of saturated and spiced red berries. Bullnose ’21 is endlessly enchanting from every angle."

Bullnose ’21 is closed with a Diam cork, allowing continued evolution in bottle for 15 years from harvest.



New Zealand


Hawkes Bay




Big, gutsy reds


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Duck, Venison

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