Obsidian Estate Tempranillo 2019
Lifted bouquet of ripe black fruit, with underlying savory notes.
Medium bodied, broad and soft with a generous mid-palate that leads to a warm lingering finish.
Drink now while young and fresh or suitable for cellaring up to 7 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: 2nd 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 before bottling.
TA: 6.0 g/l
Residual Sugar: 0.0g
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottled: February 2020, 165 dozen produced