This Syrah includes a touch of Viognier, a traditional winemaking technique in France’s Rhône Valley. It introduces a delightful floral aroma and supple texture to Syrah’s spicy dark-berry flavours.
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Has a ripe, assertive nose with blackcurrant, raspberry leaf, bay leaf and wild strawberry. The palate is mediumbodied, with a supple, very harmonious finish with a dash of white pepper. Lovely.Rating 90 - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate#191 (OCT/2010)
The good value 2009 vintage was made by co-fermenting Syrah, estate-grown in the Woodthorpe Vineyard, in Hawke’s Bay, with a small amount of Viognier. French oak-aged for 13 months, it has a floral, peppery bouquet, leading into a fresh, supple wine with very good depth of plum/spice flavours, a touch of complexity and lots of drink-young appeal.Rating 3 and half star - Michael Cooper, Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011
A cracker of a new release with lifted, perfumed violet and pepper aromas and in the mouth it is juicy, savoury, solid and spicy. It’s super-drinkable, even as a young puppy and, best of all, it’s widely available.Yvonne Lorkin, Hawke's Bay Today (21/AUG/2010)
Te Mata has been producing syrah for longer than most, and it shows. This is a cousin to the famous Bullnose. Viognier provides the florals, the syrah the rich black fruit, which is seasoned with pepper and spice. Buy a case.Warren Barton, The Dominion Post, Warren Barton's Christmas Wine Guide 2010
Winery Tasting Notes
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘09 has a youthful, bright purpley colour.
This wine has a fragrance of violets and raspberries, with an underlying hint of cardamom.
The palate is flavorsome and elegant, showing spiced blueberries and dried apricot characters, with soft tannins and great finesse.
This wine will continue to develop in bottle for 2-5 years from harvest.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah ‘09 is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft ripened cheeses.
Te Mata Estate Woodthorpe Syrah 2009 was hand harvested from our Woodthorpe vineyard between 30 March and 18 April 2009. Fully-ripened syrah was combined with 4% viognier grapes, then destemmed and co-fermented.
The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 13 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg-white fining before being bottled in June 2010.