The Obsidian 2014
Bright vibrant purple with a dense dark core
Lifted and intense aromas of black doris plums, cassis and vanilla spice with complex savoury undertones.
Rich, soft and opulent with lovely ripe tannins providing a well-structured wine with warmth and generosity.
Will benefit from careful cellaring for up to 10 years.
40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 10% Malbec, 10% Petit Verdot
Onetangi Valley, Obsidian Vineyard, Waiheke Island, Auckland, NZ
Vintage 2014 was off to a great start. Settled warm weather patterns throughout spring provided optimal flowering conditions and resulted in an even and abundant fruit set across all varieties. December and January recorded slightly cooler than usual temperatures with about average rainfall allowing strong canopy growth. Cyclone Lusi was a feature of March bringing a brief period of high winds, but fortunately very little rain. Both February and March were warm, and dry allowing good ripening and flavour development.
Hand picked April 2014
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 2015.
Winemaker: Michael Wood Alcohol: 14%, pH: 3.72, T.A.: 5.8g/L, Bottled: June 2015, 180 Dozen