100% Syrah grapes, fully-ripened and hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s vineyards in the Hawkes Bay region.
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 15 months’ maturation. During this time they were regularly topped and racked before egg-white fining, blending and bottling.
Deep crimson in colour, the 2016 vintage weaves star anise, violets, black cherries and allspice across a core of ripe berry fruit and luxurious velvet tannins. From Te Mata Estate’s 120th vintage, this is an enchanting signature Bullnose. Expressive, darkly aromatic and replete with fresh raspberry, boysenberry and espresso, all leading to a finely textured finish.