2018 Te Mata Estate Bullnose Syrah - Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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Magic. Only way to describe this wine, the bottle is opened and it miraculously disappears! If I were to say the nose was redolent with red fruit and exotics spices I would be making a gross understatement. Flavour and perfume leaps from the glass. The Bullnose is made in a classic Rhone style. Rich fruit on the palate, raspberries, blackberries and even roasted beetroot then packed with loads of white pepper. This is great wine.
"I’ve tasted a few in the interim, but no reviews since the 2014.In terms of red wines from NZ, I rate both Cabernet blends and Shiraz more highly than I do Pinot Noir.
Ras el hanout (راس الحانوت) is a spice mix that means ‘head of the shop’, and maybe we have a bull in a shop here, such is the level of exotic spice and perfume pumping out of the glass. In with that, some lavender and vanilla, cherry and redcurrant, a smattering of green herb too. It’s light to medium-bodied, fine emery tannin, juicy raspberry acidity and flavour, inner-mouth perfume and spiced wood aromatic, and a dusty white pepper texture and taste on a cool long finish. Nice and ‘minerally’ too. You have to like them spicy and lithe, and if so, this’ll be close to the top of the shop for you."
95 Points - Gary Walsh - The Wine Front