The Obsidian Waiheke Island 2009


Though only planted with 9 ha of vines on Te Makiri Road near the Onetangi beach on Waiheke Island, Obsidian puts out a surprising 11 different wines under the ‘Obsidian' and ‘Weeping Sands' labels. However, it is the Bordeaux varieties that take precedence, and ‘The Obsidian' wine is the flagship blend. The proportions of varieties vary each season, but the same hearty, well-constructed style tends to come through. Lindsay Spilman and his winemaker Michael Wood seek and achieve full ripeness, which lends a fleshiness and sweetness of fruit in the best years, but there is always sufficient extract and grip built in to prevent any broadnesss. 2009 sits between two outstanding vintages on Waiheke Island, and the textural profile is more apparent in vintages such as this. I review the 2009 vintage of ‘The Obsidian' here. www.obsidian.co.nz

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