TASTING NOTES 2009
Bullnose ’09 has an impressive deep magenta colour, with aromas and flavours of raspberry and cherry syrup, baking spices and lavender. The rich palate displays velvety tannins underpinning plum and cream notes, leading to a long, elegant finish. It will continue to evolve in bottle for eight years from harvest.
Bullnose ’09 is a significant step forward in the quality evolution of this wine. A magnificent growing season provided the basis for outstanding quality. Coupled with maturing vines, a diversity of clones, and two decades of experience with this vineyard; the ’09 is the best Bullnose to date.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The separate grape parcels were handled in a traditional manner; a warm, plunged fermentation, with extended skin maceration, pressing, then secondary malolactic fermentation. The individual wines were run to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months’ maturation, before egg-white fining, blending and then bottling in July 2010.
Bullnose ’09 was hand-harvested on 17 and 18 April 2009.
Michael Morris and Peter Cowley, vineyard partners and old car enthusiasts, named Te Mata Estate’s Bullnose vineyard after the pre-1928 Morris Cowley car, nicknamed ‘Bullnose’ due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the Bullnose car’s radiator crest.