Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Bullnose Syrah 2020 $68-$80

One of New Zealand’s true icons, not just for Syrah but for wine in general. Grown in the iron-rich soils of the Bridge Pa Triangle, Te Mata’s Bullnose vineyard, is a 15-hectare site planted in 1990 and it’s home to former winemaker Peter Cowley and his family. 2020 was an incredible year for Syrah in Hawke’s Bay and the Bullnose has an elegant lift of blueberry, soft pepper, clay dust and violets on the nose, while on the palate it has silky, gently savoury, bay and blueberry layers and finely-tuned tannins which lead to a long, stylish finish.

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