Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah Hawkes Bay 2010 – $$$
R and J came over for a dinner BBQ. I pulled this wine out cos I knew they both liked a good red, and this should be a peach…
Deep, dark crimson in the glass. 14%
An involving meaty nose, with dark red stonefruit, vanilla and oak underpinning floral hints of red roses.
In the mouth, dense, with perfectly ripe fruit. No hint of stalkiness or vegetal notes, or overripe ‘jamminess’ evident. I tasted the varieties correct notes of white pepper and licorice. Well balanced. Medium grained tannins. Good heat and dryness on the back palate. A very well-built NZ syrah. Delicious with the marinated BBQ chicken.
I also thought the Riedel Pinot ‘O’s would show this wine off well too.