Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2016 (LIBRARY STOCK)
Vibrant straw in the glass.
This stunning Viognier displays classic varietal characters of honey suckle, apricot, white peach and perfumed blossom.
The palate is well structured and textural with generous sweet fruit, a solid acid backbone and a complex lingering finish.
Drink now or suitable for cellaring up to 5 years.
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland
Growing conditions: An early Spring with light easterly breezes provided successful flowering and a good fruit set. Light rain from the beginning of January made for balmy growing conditions. Vine vigour was at unprecedented levels and the vineyard staff made many more 'passes' through the vineyard than they would have in other seasons. This included trimming and leaf plucking to ensure that the suns energy made it to the fruit and not just to leafy foliage. 2016 was a challenging vintage but the quality of the fruit was rewarding.
Hand harvested: March 2016.
The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed, then briefly settled to clarity. The juice was fermented in older French oak. The wine was then aged on lees with occasional battonage for 10 months.
Oak Treatment: 100% Seasoned French oak barrels and no malolactic fermentation.
Winemaker: Michael Wood
Bottled: January 2017, 60 dozen produced