2010 Te Mata "Bullnose" Syrah Hawkes Bay (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1138995 97 points Bob Campbell

 Lovely, rich and velvety with strong plum, berry, fragrant violet aromas with hints of spice. Dense, powerful red with a peppery Rhone-like character. An elegant wine that delivers plenty of punch with great subtlety.

90 points James Suckling

 This tastes more like Grenache with a lovely stewed strawberry and spice character. Full body, with fine tannins and a savory finish. Tar. Delicious now.

K&L Notes

Sam Kim Wine Orbit 96 points: "It's youthful yet showing great presence. This 2010 Bullnose is both refined and imposing, displaying fragrant aromas of red/black plum, floral, spice and hints of game and cedar characters on the nose. The palate is succulent and beautifully weighted with lovely density and silky texture, leading to an extraordinary finish backed by beautifully pitched acidity and polished tannins. The wine develops beautifully in the glass with persistent, irresistible flavours and mouthfeel." The most highly-regarded Syrah in New Zealand. A legend in its own right. In New Zealand this wine sells out almost immediately every year on release. It is from a single vineyard on the slopes of Te Mata Peak, a stunning, rocky outcrop that looks over the flat plains of Hawke's Bay. The wine has the perfect balance of rich, succulent fruit and silky texture with the added complexity of gamey, meaty, smoky Northern Rhone-like qualities. From the winery: "Bullnose ’10 has a dark crimson colour, with complex aromas of boysenberry, raspberry, red plum, red roses and allspice. The palate is full and even with great balance and purity of varietal expression. Powdery tannins provide structure and a long, elegant finish."

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By: Jim Chanteloup |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/10/2014  | Send Email
Hawkes Bay and the Gimblett Gravels specifically, offer one of the worlds great expressions for Syrah. And, the Bullnose is one of the best. The bouquet is lifted with red and black fruits, a meaty game note, white pepper, cedar and a hint of tobacco. On the palate there is good acidity, a fine structure and great length. I'll be putting some away for sure!

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/2/2014  | Send Email
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A spectacularly exotic Syrah from Te Mata. This wine has endless silky dark fruit, Asian spice and a touch of bitter-sweet chocolate. There is just a hint of old school earthy quality here to stop the ripe qualities taking over. A real classic wine that truly deserves it's reputation as one of the most iconic bottles in NZ.
Drink from 2014 to 2025

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Varietal:

Shiraz/Syrah

- 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.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14