“The 2012 was sold in the previous vintages as Obsidian, without the word “Reserve” on the label. Matured in French oak casks (33 per cent new), it is full-coloured, mouthfilling and supple, with strong blackcurrant, spice and nut flavours, showing good vigour and harmony. Best drinking mid-2014.”
Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s 2014 Buyer’s Guide to NZ Wines
Cellaring: Approachable now but will reward careful cellaringfor up to 10 years.
Season: The season began with a warm dry spring resulting in good fruit set and crop levels. During mid to late summer we experienced unsettled periods with significant rainfall. April and early May were fortunately very warm and dry.
Harvest: Hand harvested 12 April 2012
Analysis: Total Acidity 5.6 g/L, Alcohol 13.00%, pH 3.75
Oak: 40% new French oak, 60% seasoned French oak
Bottling: July 2013,140 Dozen
The fruit was destemmed to open top fermenters where it was inoculated with yeast. Once primary fermentation had commenced the ferments were managed with twice daily hand plunging.
After a one week period of post fermentation maceration the wine was pressed to tank, settled then racked to barrel for malolactic fermentation.