Obsidian Estate Montepulciano 2017
Black fruit, star anise and an underlying savoury tone.
Medium bodied wine with soft ripe tannin and notes of sour cherry, boysenberry and herbs.
Approachable now but will reward careful cellaring for up to 10 years.
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Growing conditions: November brought perfect conditions for a high vigour growth state, even flowering and fruit set. Consistent south-westerly breezes between November and mid-February meant that temperatures remained slightly cooler than expected for this time of year. Offsetting this cooler weather was a lack of rainfall through January. the vineyard was looking better than it ever had. However, the rain events from February through to the end of April, causing 750mm precipitation, made 2017 the wettest Waiheke vintage on record. To keep our wine quality high, we sacrificed roughly 40% of our grape crop. Although this is heart-breaking, we are happy with what was picked and it is a testament to the vineyard staff's hard work and composure that we got through with some great fruit.
Hand picked 11 April 2017.
The fruit was destemmed and transferred to open top fermenters where it was inoculated with yeast. Once primary fermentation had commenced the ferments were managed with twice daily hand plunging. After a one week period of post fermentation maceration the wine was pressed to tank, settled then racked to barrel (30% new French, 40% one-year-old oak; remainder seasoned French oak) for malolactic fermentation. 10 months in oak.
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottle feb 2018, 70 dozen produced