TASTING NOTE 2014
Bullnose ’14 is opulent, lush and perfectly balanced. A deep, vibrant purple, Bullnose ’14 rolls out of the glass in waves of mocha, oriental spice, plum and dark, dark cherry. Lavishly textured with concentrated layers of raspberry and blackcurrant. Elegant, faultless, a wine of great finesse - the 2014 is the perfect celebration of a quarter century of Bullnose Syrah.
Total acidity as tartaric: 5.8g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
The 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 then bottling in September 2015.
Separate parcels of fully ripened syrah grapes were hand-harvested from Te Mata Estate’s Vineyards on 2nd April 2014.
Vineyard partners Michael Morris and Peter Cowley named Bullnose after an early Morris Cowley car, nicknamed Bullnose due to its distinctive radiator. The bull emblem that appears on the label is drawn from the car’s radiator crest.
Bullnose '14 - 'Bright ruby-red. Aromatic peppery is a step up over the 2013 in spice lift and intensity. Ripe plum, cherry and spice flavors show a very fine-grained texture and noteworthy finesse. here the late-arriving tannin's are substantial but refined, which technical director Cowley attributes to just enough precipitation in 2014.' 89+ pointsStephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2016 All Reviews