“Purple Haze…


…all in my eyes”. So yelled Jimi Hendrix and so did we when we saw this wine. (We didn’t “yell” really, rather stated).  But it was obviously purple in colour. Obvious also was the white pepper aroma which immediately identified it as made from the Syrah grape. Yet, behind the pepper, was a brambly smell as well as subtle vanilla which suggested contact with oak.

The palate was silky with a high acidity and well-defined tannins preventing the acidity from being too cloying after the second mouthful. There was a lovely light sweetness to this wine and, again, the vanilla showed through on the palate but its medium length had a dry finish.

The Hawkes Bay derived Te Mata Bullnose 2012 was a classy wine and had the hallmarks of the New World interpretation of an Old World varietal – forward fruit, accentuated characteristics, light in weight and a heightened acidity. In my opinion, they certainly can outshine much of the lower and mid-price range Old World equivalents and, therefore, represent great value. However, moving up a notch, they lack the subtlety of the more expensive Old World varietals.

This was a well-made wine and a pleasure to drink. Cost £25.

[Richard: Wine Society but you probably guessed that. Geoff is too modest to say but he got pretty close to identifying this blind. A well made Syrah that I’d certainly buy again.]




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