Te Mata Estate Syrah Hawkes Bay 2015 – $$
Another Syrah! I’m on a roll.
This is the Estate model, a bit of a step down from the Bullnose Rhone-ster. This will be a young wine, fresh off the boat, so I would expect a tannic edge, and a touch of metallic flint…
…and no surprise. Dark garnet. The florality is lifted by 2% Viognier in the blend. 13% alc.
Soft red cherries and underripe blackberries on the nose, not too lifted or exemplary, a bit green. Tannic and lean to taste, there is some fruit there, and needs vigorous decanting to show its best side. It doesn’t grow in the glass, and for me, is not as accomplished as earlier vintages were.