Te Mata Bullnose Syrah 2014 ~ Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
98/100 Sam Kim
96/100 James Suckling
95+/100 Raymond Chan
95/100 Bob Campbell
94/100 The Wine Front
92/100 Jamie Goode
91+/100 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Sam Kim (Wine Orbit NZ) "The legend continues with this exceptional 2014 offering. It is totally seductive on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, violet and game characters with nuances of cedar and spice. The palate delivers awesome power and concentration, while remaining elegant and poised, with outstanding fruit purity and layers of delectable flavours. Tannins are in fine and in abundance, and frames the wine seamlessly. Built to last, this is a must for syrah fans and collectors."
James Suckling "...This is an absolute beauty!.....The oak is played just right, really letting the fruit take center stage. The palate has plenty of textural interest, ripe plums and red cherries and fine yet sturdy tannins that carry understated power."
Raymond Chan "Medium-bodied, refreshing vibrant and lively black berry and dark raspberry fruit form a refined, but tight core. The fruit is layered by black pepper, soy sauce and Asian spices, lifted by violet florals. The mouthfeel is juicy and succulent, the vitality enhanced by fine acidity which along with very fine-grained tannins provide cut, energy and linearity. This is fruit-focussed, and the flavours carry to very long and sustained, aromatic and luscious finish. This Syrah highlights richness, fragrance and vitality."
Bob Campbell "A dense, classy Syrah with violet, pepper, liquorice and dark berry flavours. Elegant wine with nice acidity and plenty of energy. It has a backbone of ripe tannins that promise good ageing potential. A slightly more edgy Syrah than the usual offerings from Hawke’s Bay and all the better for it."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate "....the 2014 Bullnose Syrah I tried was a tank sample just about to be bottled and released the week I tasted it. It gives notes of ripe crushed cherries, black raspberries, Sichuan pepper and underbrush with quite an earthy undercurrent. Medium-bodied, it has loads of fruit in the mouth, complimented by just enough pepper and spice with a good backbone of very silky tannins and lively acidity carrying off a good long finish."
Te Mata Estate was originally part of Te Mata Station which was established by English Immigrant, John Chambers in 1854. In 1892, John’s third son, Bernard Chambers planted vines on three parcels of hillside land above the homestead. There are now five vineyards, totalling 15 hectares.
For forty years, Te Mata Estate’s winemaker - John Buck, has produced a stunning array of red and white wines including Coleraine, Awatea, Bullnose Syrah, Elston Chardonnay, Cape Crest Sauvignon Blanc and Zara Viognier (released in 2009).
The range of slopes and changes in climate, mixed with low humidity and ample ultra-violet light, allows winemakers show off their skills. As the three main rivers of Hawke’s Bay have changed over thousands of years, they have left behind gravels, silt and sands which the young soils have derived from.
Today, Te Mata Estate is considered one of New Zealand’s most important wine producers, making nearly 40,000 cases of premium wine annually exporting to over 42 countries.