Obsidian Reserve Chardonnay 2018
Ripe stone fruit and creme brulee with subtle toasted nut.
The palate is rich with an ethereal texture and perfectly balanced acidity, finishes long with a creamy lift.
Drink now while young and fresh or suitable for cellaring up to 5 years.
Obsidian Vineyard, Onetangi Valley, 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 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.
Hand picked: March 2018.
The fruit was gently whole bunch pressed directly to barrel (50% New French oak, remainder seasoned French oak) fermentation was completed by indigenous yeast strains. 20% malolactic fermentation. After 10 months of maturation in barrel the wine was racked to tank, lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.
Residual Sugar: 0.0 grams
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottled: 21 February 2019, 96 dozen produced