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Te Mata Estate - Estate Syrah 2017


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Hawke's Bay
  • Wine Maker: Peter Cowley
  • Grape: Shiraz/Syrah
  • Grape Percentage: 96% syrah, 4% viognier
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink now
Food Matching

Food Matching

It is a wonderful accompaniment to all red meats, savoury and lightly spiced dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as soft cheese.

Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 88 (2010) JS: 92 (2015) WF: 90 (2014) BC: 90 (2016) HH: 91 (2015) SK: 93 (2015) RC: 17.5 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

Estate Vineyards Syrah '13 has a dark crimson colour with complex characters of raspberry, red plum and boysenberry together with notes of lavender, cinnamon and five spice. The concentrated palate is immediatley syrupy in texture, band balanced by firm powdery tannins that provide great length to the sweet red berry fruit flavours. 2013 was a remarkable vintage, touted as the finest in 30 years. The exceptional growing season resulted in very ripe grapes with fresh acidity and fine, supple tannin structure.

Winery Information

Te Mata Estate

Te Mata Estate is New Zealand's oldest winery and always impresses with the sheer consistency, quality and value of its wines. Te Mata Estate originated as part of Te Mata Station, a large pastoral land holding established by English immigrant John Chambers in 1854. His third son, Bernard, influenced by the comments from visitors that the hills were suitable for grape growing, planted vines in 1892. Wine was first made from those grapes in 1896. Under the current direction of John Buck, Te Mata.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2010)88 pts #197 Oct 2011 - Lisa Perrotti Brown - Containing a touch of Viognier, the 2010 Woodthorpe Syrah gives a deep garnet-purple color and notes of ripe blackberries and blueberries over freshly cracked black pepper, underbrush and a waft of peach blossom. Medium bodied with grainy tannins and crisp acidity, the palate fills the mouth with blackberry and black cherry flavors with plenty of pepper and spice lingering long into the finish. Drinking now, it should keep to 2015.

James Suckling (2015)92 pts

Some white pepper and attractive bacon fat here with a wealth of blackberry fruits - toasty oak spice brings extra appeal to the nose. The palate has slippery, smooth and silky tannins, plenty of depth, fleshy red cherry and blackberry fruit and a resounding sense of fluidity and polish.

Wine Front (2014)90 pts

Spice, red fruits, floral perfume. Light to medium bodied, crunchy spicy style with plenty of acidity, light grainy tannin, some meaty savoury flavour and a pretty good finish with a whisper of apricot in the aftertaste. Vibrant easy drinker.

Bob Campbell MW (2016)90 pts

Fruit-focused with slightly gripped tannins although they should mellow with a little bottle age

Huon Hooke (2015)91 pts

Very good and very much a cool-climate shiraz style

Sam Kim (2015)93 pts

The palate is succulent and silky, and displays lovely poise and purity, beautifully framed by fine tannins

Raymond Chan (2014)17.5 pts

Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red, youthful in appearance. The nose is elegantly proportioned with concentrated and intense aromas of richly ripe blackberry and raspberry fruit, lifted with bright yellow floral notes from the Viognier. Medium-bodied, rich, sweet concentrated flavours of ripe black berried fruits are lifted by aromatic raspberry notes. This has good energy and tension, and the wine carries to a soft, densely packed, lingering finish.

Vinification Notes

The syrah grapes were combined with a small quantity of viognier , then destemmed and co-fermented. The resulting wine remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for ten months' maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked. The wine received a traditional egg white finish, before being bottled in December 2013.