April 20, 2019 - Not much varietal flavor here and light in style for a Syrah. Faded below 90 after 90 minutes, so we went to another wine after drinking half. Can't say it's a bad wine, just pretty much of a disappointment. I can't imagine why I tried NZ for a red, they own the SB grape and are pretenders with everything else.
March 18, 2019 - Drinkable but dead. Failed cork?
November 25, 2018 - Gave it some air. Mid weight. Delicate red/raspberry and blue fruits. Thought those down-under drank manly full-bodied juice. Not the case for this wine. Subtle but complex. Short finish.
July 22, 2017 - Solid syrah. Let breathe for about 60-90 minutes. Fairly dense. Nose average. Medium to full bodied red and blue fruit. Pleasant but not overly complex. Decent finish.
July 18, 2017 - Memory: creamy raspberry & red cherry, smoke, spicy meat.
Red cherry through to Blackberry and dark plum skins. Superbly subtle oak, peppery finish. New Zealand's answer to Cote Rotie. I suspect this might develop its savoury side during the next 5 to 10 years plus. Very good drop.
October 27, 2015 - About the most convincing Northern Rhone impression I've tasted from New World syrah. Lots of pepper, relatively light on its feet, and generally a nice surprise for me. This could use a few more years, and it's not for those who like really big syrah, but if this is your style, pretty nice.
June 3, 2015 - Lots, and lots of Syrah spiciness on the nose. The Kiwis really seem to like to turn up the grape characteristics. There is also some roasted oak, burned rubber, juniper wood, butter and herbs mixed with light red fruit.
Medium+ acidity, quite dry, round, light tannins and a medium body. medium+ intensity and a medium+ finish. Some woody bitterness as well.
I like this. Slender with bright, fresh fruit and lots of sneezy pepper!
April 5, 2015 - certainly too young, it reminds me as a PN, not only because of the colour, some underwood, some chocolade, a little bit black pepper, nothing in common with an Australian Shiraz, more a mixture of northern rhone and burgundy, needs time but missing the fruity side for a really big syrah
March 21, 2015 - Te Mata: Showcase release tasting (Glengarry on Thorndon Quay): Deep purple, opaque. Clean, showing subtle oak, pepper and spices, and dark/mature fruit. Moderate acidity, moderate level of smooth tannins, moderate length and complexity. Slight green streak noticeable on the finish. So difficult to judge at this young age (thus no rating), but just for fun I bought one to open in a few years.
March 14, 2015 - Te Mata New Release 2015 (Glengarry Victoria Park, Auckland): deep garnet/purple. ripe dark plums and blackberries, fruity with mild spices, quite sweet palate, heavy and fine grained tannins, medium bodied, medium finish with toasty oak. delicious Syrah, very enjoyable now but can't see too much potential.
Alc 13.0%, TA 5.8 gL, pH 3.56. RC 19.5
Ap: 4/5; Ar: 12/15; Palate: 17/20; overall: 5+3/10