Te Mata's most renowned wine takes some time to open in glass. When it does, its many subtleties start to shine and it shows both its muscularity and its delicacy. Trademark florals lead the pack, closely followed by notes of black-currant and blackberry jam, graphite, tobacco and hot stones. The palate leads with tart fruit but quickly blends with the savory, dusty notes of the oak and chewy, pencil lead tannins. Finishes on the oaky side right now but will age for many years. Drink now–2027.
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A native of New York who has spent years living abroad in London and Perth, Australia, Pickard’s work has previously appeared in publications such as Australia’s Gourmet Traveller Wine, James Halliday’s Wine Companion, Scoop Magazine, Decanter and Wine Enthusiast. She was the co-host of the popular podcast, The Crush, as well as a regular presenter on various TV shows. Pickard is excited to share her vast knowledge and great passion for the wines of both Australia and New Zealand.