Obsidian Estate Vitreous 2015
Fragrant complex aromas of cassis, black cherry herbs and cedar.
Medium bodied, with ripe warm flavours of black fruit and spice. Fine tannins and well balanced acidity provide a lingering finish.
29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 22% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec
Obsidian Vineyard, Onetangi, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Growing conditions: A cool wet spring continued into November, resulting in variable crop levels in some varieties. Late spring saw parts of Waiheke affected by isolated hail showers also impacting some earlier flowering varieties. December through January was warm and humid with northerly winds predominating. Late summer was mostly settled apart from a near miss as Cyclone Pam tracked down the East Coast of the North Island bringing strong winds but very little rain. Weather conditions over harvest were generally settled allowing fruit to be harvested in optimal conditions.
The smallest batches were fermented in open top fermenters with twice daily plunging. Large parcels were fermented in closed top tanks and pumped over. Once primary fermentation wa complete all batches were pressed to tank and allowed to settle prior to undergoing malolactic fermentation in Frence Barriques. 20% new oak.
Winemaker: Michael Wood Bottled: March 2016, Alcohol: 14%, Ph: 3.70, T.A: 5.8g/l