Obsidian Reserve Syrah 2018
Bright purple in the glass.
Lifted aromas of blackberry along with hints of ripe plums and spice.
This is a medium bodied wine showing an abundance of sweet fruit and ripe silky tannins. The oak is well judged and contributes to the persistent finish.
Approachable now but will reward careful cellaring for up to 10 years
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, 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 and 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 on the 4th April 2019.
The majority of the fruit was destemmed to open-top fermenters, while around 10% was added directly to the fermenters as whole bunches. Twice daily plunging during fermentation before an extended maceration period post fermentation. The wine was aged in 40% new French barrels for 10 months before a light fining and bottling.
Winemaker: Michael Wood