Obsidian Estate Montepulciano 2019
Aromas of ripe plum, star anise and underlying savoury characters.
A full-bodied wine with abundant ripe tannin and soft mouth-filling fruit.
Approachable now but will reward careful cellaring for up to 10 years.
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Growing conditions: A settled and early summer resulted in an exceptional fruit set and clean growing conditions throughout the vineyard. This was followed with a persistent period of near drought conditions from mid-summer to autumn. Temperatures were in the normal range, but rainfall was extremely low with the island experiencing only about a third of the year previous. These conditions allowed fruit to reach optimal ripeness. As a result, 2019 will be fondly remembered as a vintage that produced an abundance of high-quality wines.
Hand picked between 8th - 18th April 2019.
Fermentation took place in open top fermenters, with twice daily plunging. After a period of post fermentation maceration, the wine was pressed and transferred to oak for malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked twice for clarification prior to a light egg white fining before bottling.
TA: 6.37 g/l
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottle February 2020, 547 dozen produced