Season 2019 Report

Season 2019 Report

Following the challenges faced in the last three vintages, the 2019 growing season and harvest was a welcome change for Waiheke’s viticulturists and winemakers. The season commenced with warm and windy days, calm nights and intermittent rainfall, followed by a settled flowering period and fruit set – heralding in what was to be an extraordinary summer period at Obsidian. Summer was highlighted with an abundance of sunshine hours and light southerly winds. The favorable weather continued up to and throughout the harvest period, presenting the vineyard slopes of Obsidian with perfect ripening conditions. Weather conditions over harvest were superb, allowing for picking decisions to be made according to optimal ripeness, without any influence from adverse weather. All varieties across the entire harvest period were picked in perfect condition. It has been many years since the winery has seen fruit of this exceptional quality, allowing for a very hands-off approach to winemaking, leaving the wines themselves to express the terroir of a fantastic 2019 season.

Photo: Obsidian Viticulturist Tim Adams excited by the grape quality.