Obsidian 2012 and 2009 Waiheke Island Reds

29-Jul-2013
Established 20 years ago, Obsidian Vineyard brought a sense of realism to an exciting new vignoble. Obsidian was part of the new wave of winegrowers that made quality Waiheke Island accessible to the market. The 18 ha vineyard is focussed on making classical Bordeaux-styled reds, but has proven to be equally successful with Syrah, innovative varieties such as Montepulciano and whites. The winemaker, Michael Wood, with Obsidian since 2005, is making wines with interest and structure, realising the potential of the vineyard. With this release of wines has come the logical decision to consolidate the branding by labelling the second tier ‘Weeping Sands’ as ‘Obsidian’, and having the limited release wines as ‘Obsidian Reserve’, which is what these wines were already known as.

Also announced recently is that Lindsay and Janet Spilman have decided to put the vineyard on the market to begin reducing some of their extensive business activities. They do so regretfully, as Obsidian has been a true labour of love. I see Obsidian as an operation that is performing among the leaders on Waiheke Island, so it will be an attractive proposition. Here are my reviews of three new release ‘Obsidian’ reds, confirming my observation. www.obsidian.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Syrah 2012
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Montepulciano 2012
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2009

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