2009 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay

SKU #1088710 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Produced since 1992, the vines for the Bullnose Syrah are now 20 years old. Purple-black in color, the 2009 Bullnose Syrah gives up a pronounced nose of blueberry compote and blackberry pie filling with hints of cloves, moss covered bark, allspice, toast and aniseed with a whiff of white pepper. Medium bodied and concentrated in the mouth, it gives a good structure of crisp acid and firm, ripe, rounded tannins, finishing long and peppery. Drink it now to 2018+.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

First produced in 1992, the "Bullnose" Syrah was one of New Zealand's first ventures into this captivating French grape. All of the fruit comes from the Bullnose Vineyard in the Ngatarawa Triangle district of Hawke's Bay famed for it's deep gravel soils and iron rich mineral content. The 2009 version is quite hedonistic on the nose, with scents of framboise and kirsch, with floral lavender notes and spice adding to its aromatic complexity. It fills the mouth with creamy red fruits framed by supple tannins and spice. Enjoy now and over the next decade.

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Staff Image By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/5/2013 | Send Email
I absolutely love this syrah. The palate is full of pure, dusty dark raspberry and blueberry fruit, gamey and mineral notes with clove and pepper spices. Great focus and texture. Grab a bottle for your next ribs or pulled pork feast and enjoy!

Staff Image By: Jim Chanteloup | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/16/2012 | Send Email
This is just a gorgeous, elegant expression of Syrah. The bouquet shows floral notes of dusty rose and carnation with raspberry and boysenberry fruit character enhanced by minerals and black pepper spice. On the palate a light mocha note emerges with superb balancing acidity and length.If you haven't had a Syrah from New Zealand,this is one of the best, and a must try.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2012 | Send Email
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This is a stunningly elegant and perfumed Syrah playing a perfect balance between old world balance and new world fruit. Powerful dark red fruits and some sweet spice give way to hints leather and a definite cured meat element reminiscent of fine Northern Rhone Syrah. The tannins are incredibly fine and silky with acid playing the real structural role. A great wine to be savored.
Drink from 2012 to 2018

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.