Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2015: Wine of the Month, March 2018

In celebration of our new and improved website and to shine a spotlight on some of our most worthy wines, we’ve decided to run exclusive online Wine of the Month deals until the end of 2018. Each month one special wine will have a fantastic discount, available only through our website.

The month of March means a lot to us here at Obsidian: it’s the beginning of autumn and it’s the time of year where harvest truly gets underway. In light of the season of change, we’ve decided to make our very recently released Reserve Viognier 2015 the premier ‘Wine of the Month’.

Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2015

Viognier (pronounced "vee-on-yay") is an incredibly expressive and aromatic white wine variety originating in France. It is closely related to the Syrah grape variety and is therefore often found blended with Syrah in the Rhone valley and in many Australian regions. On Waiheke Island, our climate is temperate enough to produce beautifully expressive and elegant white wine with Viognier. The variety is known for its bright and bold aromas of apricot, honeysuckle, ginger and lemongrass and its delicate weight and acidity.

"The Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2015 is richly fruited and beautifully aromatic on the nose showing grilled apricot, rockmelon, orange peel and toasted almond characters with subtle spicy complexity. The palate delivers excellent concentration and weight, wonderfully complemented by silky texture and rounded mouthfeel. A sumptuous viognier with powerful fruit and subtle savoury nuances"

92 Points, Sam Kim Wine Orbit

This Viognier is usually priced at $48.00 - but for the month of March only, it can be yours for only $36.00 per bottle! 

This deal is ONLY available online (not through cellar door or email) so click here to get your hands on this little beauty today!

What's Happening: Obsidian's New Website and Vineyard Update


We’re thrilled to announce that our new and refreshed website is now live and ready to use. The updated website includes a fabulous new design, alterations to navigation, and an overall improved interface. We’re also regularly updating the blog, so you can stay up to date with all things Obsidian.
The drop down menu makes it easy to order your wines online, look for your local retailer, check out our cellar door details and find out about our fantastic Wine Club. There’s a whole host of smaller but equally as impactful changes, all to make your experience of the Obsidian website that much better for you.

We hope you like the changes, and if you have any feedback, please let us know on Facebook or by emailing alex@obsidian.co.nz


What a start to the season! From the beginning the weather was incredibly promising, with the flowering conditions being settled and warm, and the early stages of ripening coming in very hot and dry. As a result, the viticultural timeline advanced considerably and the fruit approached veraison much more rapidly than in previous seasons. Not only that, but the fruit has been beautifully healthy and hardy – following a patch of high winds in early January the canopies in certain parts of the vineyard suffered some surface salt damage and yet the plants rebounded incredibly well with minimal intervention.

With the advancement of Cyclone Gita over the past few days we are keeping a watchful eye on the fruit and preparing by undertaking constant sampling and ensuring the vines are safe from disease. We are expecting the weather to dry up throughout the next week so that ripening can continue uninterrupted.

Due to the early veraison and the promise of many more warm, dry days ahead, the nets have gone up over the vines to protect the fruit from the birds and as such we can expect a fantastic harvest of pristine, well-ripened fruit for the 2018 vintage.

Give Your Sweetheart a Bouquet of ROSÉ this Valentine’s Day!

We have the perfect Valentine’s Day surprise for your special someone with our gift packs of blushing Rosé. Made with the Spanish variety Tempranillo, the Estate Rosé 2017 is deliciously dry but fleshy, with delicate floral and red berry aromas, intense flavours of juicy strawberry and watermelon and a delectable savoury undertone. The bottles also come in our new insulated tote bags so you can take your date down to the beach for a lovely picnic – in fact, serve this up with some gorgeous hot smoked salmon and soft cheese and you'll have the recipe for romance!

The Duet

2 x Obsidian Estate Rosé 2017

1 x two bottle tote

Your price: $50.00

The Bouquet

3 x Obsidian Estate Rosé 2017

1 x 3 bottle tote

Your price $75.00

Place your order by 12pm Monday 12th Feb and we’ll ship your local order in time for Valentine’s Day or feel free to visit our cellar door and pick up your gift from our team (offer ends Monday 19th February 2018).

For orders please contact Alex on 0212083370 or email alex@obsidian.co.nz

Season's Greetings! 2017: A Year in Review

As the grapevines flower and the new shoots extend beyond the top wires of the trellises, it is a wonderful reminder that a warm holiday season is upon us. With this in mind we are reflecting on the past year, which has been one of many successes and achievements for Obsidian Wines and our team. Here are a few highlights from 2017:

Michael Wood, Winemaker of the Year 2017

Obsidian’s winemaker, Michael Wood, was thrilled to accept the award of New Zealand’s Winemaker of the Year 2017 from the Canterbury A&P Wine Show in October. Michael won the award after submitting three wines, the Obsidian Reserve Syrah 2015, the Obsidian Reserve ‘The Mayor’ 2013 and the Obsidian Reserve ‘The Obsidian’ 2015, all of which displayed finesse, consistency and inimitability. Congratulations Mike!

Read the full article here

Tim Adams, Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017

Our vineyard manager, Tim Adams, contended fiercely in a series of competitive events for the title of Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017. Tim participated in trials such as completing set viticultural tasks at a number of work stations, ‘Horty Sports’ (where the contestant completes diverse viticultural activities), a general knowledge quiz, putting together budgets and designing vineyard operations, as well as presenting a speech on a given topic, in order to take out the title. Tim also went on to win runner-up in the New Zealand Young Horticulturist of the Year 2017 competition in November.

Read the full article here

Obsidian Wines, Auckland/Northland region representative for Raymond Chan’s Winery of the Year 2017

As the only representative for Auckland/Northland for Raymond Chan’s Winery of the Year 2017, we were honoured to be able to compete for the title, as Chan includes wineries based on their qualities and significance in the booming New Zealand wine industry, their history of high awards and accolades, their appeal to both wine enthusiasts and consumers, their innovation and style, and their involvement in setting the standards for producing fine New Zealand wine.

Read the full article here

Best Syrah from New Zealand’s 2014 Vintage

The Obsidian Reserve Syrah 2014 achieved the highest rating (93 Points) of any New Zealand Syrah from the 2014 vintage in July 2017 from the world’s most cited wine publication, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Lisa Perrotti-Brown noted the following:

“Medium to deep garnet coloured, the 2014 Syrah Reserve has a meaty nose over a core of warm blackberries, black cherries, black pepper, dark chocolate and liquorice with a waft of exotic spices. Full-bodied rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has a spicy core supported by rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savoury.”

Click here to get your hands on this beauty of a wine - ONLY while stocks last!

New Release: ‘The Obsidian’ 2013

We are rounding off 2017 with the release of our flagship red wine from the vintage of a century, ‘The Obsidian’ 2013. A bold, bodacious Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, ‘The Obsidian’ 2013 packs a powerful punch of plum, ripe cassis fruit, smoky oak and well-structured tannin, to be enjoyed now or put away for decades to come. Check out what the buzz is all about below!

Purchase ‘The Obsidian’ 2013 here

Raymond Chan
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Full, dark, deep ruby-red colour with some black hues, lighter edged. The nose is beautifully aromatic with ripe and vibrant blackberry and blackcurrant fruit entwined with cassis liqueur, fresh dark herbs and spicy, cedary oak. Dried herb elements, minerals and a little oak toastiness emerge with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweetly rich and lush with flavours of blackberries and blackcurrants intermingling with savoury dark herbs, minerals and spicy oak. The fruit is succulent and vibrant, with a concentrated heart, and supported by fine-grained tannin structure, and enlivened by fresh acidity. The flavours are mouthfilling and carry to a long, sustained finish unfolding a little savoury secondary development complexity. This is a sweetly rich and succulent Bordeaux varietal blend with ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit along with savoury herb and secondary nuance, and spicy, cedary oak, on a vibrant, fresh palate. A blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26.67% Merlot, 13.34% Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot each, and 6.65% Malbec, fermented to 14.3% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 33% new French oak. 179 cases made. 19.0/20 Jun 2017 RRP $75.00

Bob Campbell

Intense, powerful blend of Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet franc, Petit verdot and Malbec with strong licorice, tar, cigar box, dark berry, blackberry, spice and anise. Beautifully structured with sweet fruit supported by ripe tannins. Quite a rich, warming wine. Already four years old but with masses of potential for bottle development.

Michael Cooper
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The Obsidian Vineyard at Onetangi produces one of the most stylish Waiheke Island reds. Blended from classic Bordeaux red varieties – Cabernet franc, Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon, Petit verdot and Malbec – it is matured in French oak barriques. The 2013 vintage (5*) has deep, moderately youthful colour. Fleshy and generous, it has dense blackcurrant, herb, spice and nut flavours, savoury notes adding complexity, and good tannin backbone.

Best Syrah from New Zealand’s 2014 Vintage

Obsidian Reserve Syrah 2014 has acheived the highest rating (93 Points) of any New Zealand Syrah from the 2014 vintage from the worlds most cited wine publication, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Lisa Perrotti-Brown noted the following:

“Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2014 Syrah Reserve has a meaty nose over a core of warm blackberries, black cherries, black pepper, dark chocolate and licorice with a waft of exotic spices. Full-bodied rich and opulently fruited in the mouth, it has a spicy core supported by rounded tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing long and savory.”

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