Selected for the 2020 Fine Wines of New Zealand List
First planted in 1990, the Bullnose vineyard's old red iron soils produce Te Mata Estate's finest Syrah. Named after the vineyard owners Michael Morris and Peter Cowley love of old cars and particular the pre-1928 Marrois Cowley "Bullnose".
Rated Outstanding & 96/100 Cameron Douglas MS, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"Now includes some Gimblett Gravels fruit. Looks at that colour!. Dark purple and pink rim. Rhone like bouquet with spices and meats, dark berries and oak follow. Fantastic bouquet overall. Warm and generous on the palate – flavours of dark berries and spices. Raspberry and barrel spices of vanilla and clove. Firm tannins and high acidity. Excellent wine. Invest if you can. Best from late 2022 through 2030+."
5 Stars & 98/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, February 2021 (2019 Vintage)
"The wine exhibits a great degree of elegance as well as opulence and gutsy substance. The sweetly fragrant bouquet shows Black Doris plum, violet, cedar and game characters with a touch of pepper spice. It’s weighty and sumptuous on the palate displaying awesome fruit purity and silky mouthfeel, wonderfully framed by loads of polished tannins. A stunning rendition of the variety. At its best: 2026 to 2039."