Te Mata Estate Syrah, Hawkes Bay is a New Zealand red wine from the Hawke’s Bay wine growing region of New Zealand’s North Island. Te Mata was established in 1896 and remains family owned today. All of the wines are estate produced.
The grapes from for the Te Mata Syrah are sourced from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in Hawke’s Bay’s Woodthorpe Terraces and Bridge Pa Triangle sub-regions. The Woodthorpe Terraces vineyards were first planted in 1994 and cover some 220 hectares of vineyards (Viognier, Gamay Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc are also planted here) planted on sandy loam over gravel soils left behind as the Tutaekuri River eroded its path through the hills to the sea. The Bridge Pa Triangle sub-region has some of the hottest summer temperatures in the Hawke’s Bay region, it is here that Te Mata’s flagship Bullnose Syrah comes from. There are two vineyards, the 15 hectare Bullnose and 15 hectare Isosceles Vineyards planted on free-draining sandy loam over a gravel base. A superb site for ripening red, and white, grape varieties.
Te Mata Estate Syrah is part of a range of Estate wines that was first released in 2012 to showcase the best qualities of their variety, vintage, and Hawke’s Bay origin. Individual parcels of syrah from each plot were destemmed for fermentation and remained on skins for extended maceration before pressing. It was then run off to a mixture of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 12 months’ maturation, during which time it was regularly topped and racked.
The 2016 vintage has a small portion of Viognier in the blend.