Obsidian The Mayor 2016
Dark ruby with an inky core.
Maraschino cherries, violets, red liquorice, blackberry and smoky oak.
Rich and well-structured with beautifully textured tannin. This wine is elegant and refined with a restrained power that will benefit from careful cellaring for many years.
Drink now or suitable for cellaring up to 2036.
Cabernet Franc 50%, Petit Verdot 33%, Malbec 17%
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
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 barrel until March 2017. Oak treatment: 33% new French, 17% new American, 50% seasoned barrels for 11 months.
Winemaker: Michael Wood