The Obsidian 2012
Deep red in the glass.
Aromas of plums, cassis, wild berries and classy oak.
The palate shows great structure and length. The tannins are bountiful, yet polished and the wine’s acid/fruit balance is perfect, giving the wine a sweet core of fruit and a long finish.
Will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 10 years.
An elegant expression of Bordeaux-style, the bouquet shows complex aromas of dark fruit, smoked meat, truffle, dried herb and cedar characters. The palate is beautifully weighted and rounded, and delivers attractive fruit flavours with stylish savoury notes, backed by layers of fine texture. Tannins are fine and polished, framing the wine beautifully. At its best: now to 2020.
38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 19% Malbec
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Growing conditions: Growing season 2012 began with a warm dry spring resulting in good fruit set and crop levels. During mid to late summer we experienced unsettled periods with significant rainfall recorded in both December and mid March. April and early May were fortunately very dry and balmy allowing good physiological ripeness and flavour development across all varieties.
Hand picked 16th March to 15th April 2012
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 pump- overs. The parcels were pressed straight to oak (40% new French) for malolactic fermentation and remained in oak until June 2013.
Winemaker: Michael Wood Bottled: June 2013, 120 Dozen Alcohol: 14%