Obsidian Estate Chardonnay 2018
Pale straw with green hues.
Lifted aromas of nectarine and apricot kernel intermingle with more complex notes of brioche and almond.
The palate is rich and generous showing good weight and ripeness. Subtle toasty flavours give way to a pleasing seam of juicy acidity, which provides a lovely lingering finish.
This wine is drinking beautifully now while young and fresh, however it will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 5 years.
Edbrookes Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Growing conditions: A settled albeit slightly cooler than average spring resulted in a good fruit-set. A particularly dry period from the December through until the end of February meant that the amount of vegetative growth was very well regulated….the vines looked in perfect balance.
However hopes of a dream vintage were dashed by heavy downpours in March and April. This heavy rain both influenced picking decisions and resulted in a reduction in overall volume.
2018 will be remembered as a challenging vintage which has produced a lesser volume of good wines made in a more elegant style
All parcels were gently whole bunch pressed to barrel (100% barrel fermented in seasoned French oak). The juice in barrel underwent wild fermentation. All wine was aged on yeast lees for a period of 9 months prior to fining and filtration.
T.A 5.9 g/l
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottled December 2018