Obsidian The Mayor 2013
Black cherry, blueberry, licorice and mint are enlivened by oak and floral elements.
Juicy and supple, conveying good intensity and lift to its dark berry, violet and bitter chocolate flavours.
Drink now or suitable for cellaring up to 10 years.
Cabernet Franc 44.5%, Petit Verdot 33.5%, Malbec 22%
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Vintage 2013: Growing conditions: A warm dry early spring saw an even bud burst across all varieties. There was a brief unsettled period which coincided with flowering and resulted in lighter than usual crop levels in most blocks. The summer of 2013 was incredibly dry and warm; this combined with the meagre crop levels has created a vintage that will go down as one of the best ever.
Hand harvested between 22 March and 8 April 2013.
The smallest batches were fermented in open top fermenters with twice daily plunging. The large batches were handled in traditional Bordeaux style fermenters with twice daily pumpovers. The parcels were pressed straight to oak for malolactic fermentation and remained in oak until February 2014. Oak Treatment: 30% New French, 70% Seasoned French oak for 10 months
TA: 5.9 g/L
Winemaker: Michael Wood