Obsidian ‘Reserve’ Waiheke Island Syrah 2014

Syrah from New Zealand - Northland & Auckland
Review Date : 29-Jun-2017
Full, near impenetrable black-hued ruby-red colour with youthful purple tints. The bouquet is very fresh and intensely concentrated with penetrating aromas of blackberries and black pepper entwined with dark herb notes and dark-red floral perfumes. Full-bodied, the palate is powerful and intense with well-concentrated flavours of blackberries and black pepper with dark herbs and subtle stalky whole bunch perfumes. The fruit is sweet and vibrant, and the mouthfeel has liveliness and vitality. The fruit is underlined by considerable tannin extraction, providing grip, body and presence. The wine carries with good acid freshness to a long, lingering finish of black fruits, black pepper and fresh herbs. This is a powerfully concentrated and intense Syrah with blackberry and black pepper flavours along with herb and stalk notes on a fulsome, well-structured, lively palate. Match with herb-marinated lamb, beef and venison dishes over the next 7-8+ years. 100% estate Syrah fruit predominantly destemmed and fermented with approx. 10% whole bunches to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 14 months in 40% new French oak. 125 dozen made. 18.5/20 Jun 2017 RRP $68.00

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