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