Obsidian 2013 Reserve Whites and Red Releases

12-Aug-2014
Last year, Lindsay Spilman decided to call it a day after owing Obsidian Vineyard on Waiheke Island for 17 years. In that time, he helped make Waiheke Island wine accessible with a commercially realistic pricing of the wines which reflected the special nature of the 10 ha of vines of his steep Onetangi site, and the character of the Island. I understand that the sale is in progress, and believe that whoever takes over will be acquiring a gem of a vineyard and operation. Michael Wood, Obsidian’s viticulturist and winemaker since 2005 is remaining as the custodian, and continues to make an excellent range of wines. The 2013 vintage was a very good one on Waiheke, and the wines I’ve seen so far appear to be classical in ripeness and style. Obsidian experienced low yields which will have contributed to their concentration. Here, I review two ‘Reserve’ whites from Obsidian, which seem to show the direction towards greater finesse and elegance, and three reds under the ‘estate’ label, these formerly under the ‘Weeping Sands’ nomenclature, these showing the expected rich, fruit-expressive style backed up with good extraction and structure. www.obsidian.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Obsidian ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Viognier 2013
  • Obsidian ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2013
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Syrah 2013
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Montepulciano 2013
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2010

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