The Obsidian 2013
Aromas of plums, cassis, wild berries and spicy oak.
The palate shows great structure and length. The tannins are bountiful, yet polished and the wine’s acid/fruit balance is perfect, giving the wine a sweet core of fruit and a long finish.
Will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 10 years.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26.67% Merlot, 13.34% Cabernet Franc, 6.64% Malbec
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
A warm dry early spring saw an even bud burst across variaeties. There was a brief unsettled period which conincided with flowering and resulted in lighter than usual crop levels in most blocks. The summer of 2013 was incredibly dry and warm; this combined with the meagre crop levels has created a vintage that will go down as one of the best ever.
Hand picked 27th March to 12th April 2013
The smallest batches were fermented in open top fermenters with twice daily plunging. The large batches were handled in traditional Bordeaux style fermenters with twice daily pump- overs. The parcels were pressed straight to oak (40% new French) for malolactic fermentation and remained in oak until June 2014.
Winemaker: Michael Wood Bottled: June 2013, 180 Dozen Alcohol: 14%