Established in 1896, Te Mata Estate remains family owned, producing internationally recognized wines exclusively from its Hawke's Bay vineyards. The Estate's ownership varied frequently until John and Wendy Buck acquired it in 1978. John and Wendy instigated a twenty-year development program, which commenced with the restoration of the original winery building and the replanting of all of the original vineyards, as well as the acquisition of new vineyard sites.
Te Mata winery has been ranked 'Top Winery in New Zealand' evidenced by the consistent quality of the Coleraine and Awatea Cabernet Merlot wines, the Bull Nose Syrah and the Elston Chardonnay.
The legend continues with this exceptional 2014 offering. It is totally seductive on the nose displaying dark plum, blueberry, violet and game characters with nuances of cedar and spice. A must for syrah fans and collectors. Rating 98 Points; Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
Very dark, black-hued purple-red, very youthful in appearance. The nose is beautifully refined and intensely perfumed with tightly bound aromas of ripe black and dark red berried fruits intermingling with black pepper, Asian spices and fragrant dark red and violet florals. The freshness and lifted aromatics are features. Medium-bodied, refreshing vibrant and lively black berry and dark raspberry fruit form a refined, but tight core. The fruit is layered by black pepper, soy sauce and Asian spices, lifted by violet florals. The mouthfeel is juicy and succulent, the vitality enhanced by fine acidity which along with very fine-grained tannins provide cut, energy and linearity. This is fruit-focussed, and the flavours carry to very long and sustained, aromatic and luscious finish. This Syrah highlights richness, fragrance and vitality. It will develop over the next 6-8 years. 25% MS clone, 35% 470, 25% 174 and 15% Chave clone, the fruit 75% from the ‘Bullnose’ and 25% from the neighbouring ‘Isosceles’ vineyards, fully destemmed and fermented to 13.5% alc. the wine spending 28 days on skins and aged 15 months in 37% new French oak barriques. Rating: 19.0/20.0; Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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