Producer: Obsidian

Variety: Montepulciano

Vintage: 2014

Region: Waiheke Island

RRP: $35

ABV: 14%

 

APPEARANCE

  • Clarity: Clear
  • Intensity: Deep
  • Colour: Ruby
  • Other observations: Purple rim

NOSE

  • Condition: Clean
  • Intensity: Medium (+)
  • Aroma characteristics:

Ripe dark cherries, sweet baking spices, black tea leaves, dark chocolate, leathery notes, subtle french oak, slightly floral with hints of violets and dried flowers.

Development: This wine is developing

PALATE

  • Sweetness: Dry
  • Acidity: High
  • Tannin: Medium (+)
  • Alcohol: Medium
  • Body: Medium
  • Flavour intensity: Medium (+)
  • Flavour characteristics:

Sour cherries, red currants, black pepper and spices.  Hint of subtle oak.  Fresh flavours underlined by hints of savoury/gamey notes developing.

Other observations: Prominent tannins, high acidity and fresh fruit characteristics show that this is still a young wine.  Everything is well balanced, a good sign for the future.

  • Finish: Medium (+)

CONCLUSIONS

  • Quality level: Very good
  • Level of readiness: Drink now.  Suitable for medium-term aging (6-7 years).

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