Obsidian ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2013

Syrah from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 30-Nov-2015
Very full, near saturated black-red colour with purple hues on the rim. This has a very full and voluminous nose packed with ripe, aromatic blackberry fruit lifted by exotic violet and black floral perfumes. Layers of black pepper, Asian spices unfold revealing complex savoury black herb, oak and balsamic elements. Medium-full bodied, the fruit flavours of ripe blackberries are sweet and succulently vibrant and melded with layers of black pepper, fragrant Asian spices, plums and liquorice, unveiling violet and black floral elements. Oak and whole bunch elements are integral. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained supple tannin extraction and integrated lacy acidity lending tension, drive and vitality. As the wine flows, complexing soy sauce and balsamic nuances unfold and carry to a soft, long, concentrated finish. This is a rich, vibrant, sweet and luscious Syrah with ripe black fruits and complexing liquorice, spice and balsamic detail, and a fine, supple structure. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 7-10 years. MS clone fruit from the ‘Obsidian’ ‘Block 2’, fermented with approx. 15% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine spending 3 weeks on skins and aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. 125 dozen made. 19.0/20 Dec 2015 RRP $63.00

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