Estate Range

 

Obsidian Estate Rosé 2017

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 90/100

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“Merlot-dominant rosé with subtle watermelon, strawberry and spice flavours. Pleasingly dry wine with an ethereal texture. Good on its own, even better with food - try hot smoked salmon”

 

Obsidian Estate Pinot Gris 2017

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 90/100

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“Light, fresh and attractive pinot gris with gentle fresh pear, apple and subtle citrus flavours. The wine has appealing purity and a pleasantly drying finish. Made with a light touch and offering great summer drinking” 

 

Obsidian Estate Tempranillo 2016

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 17.5+/20

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“Full, very dark and deep ruby-red colour with black hues, a little lighter on the rim. This has afresh, vibrant, aromatic nose with spicy and savoury dark-red berry fruits, dark raspberries, and cedary oak notes. This has good depth and unveils some minerally elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and lively with attractively rich and luscious, sweet and spicy red berry and raspberry fruit entwined with a layering of cedary oak. The mouthfeel is enlivened by lacy acidity and the fruit follows an elegantly concentrated, fine-structured line. The textures carry the wine to a lingering, spicy, cedary finish. This is a vibrant and lively. Varietally expressive Tempranillo with fine structure and cedary oak, reminiscent of Rioja, Match with beef and lamb, and Mediterranean fare over the next 4-5 years. Estate Tempranillo fruit fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 25% new American oak, the remainder seasoned French oak”  

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 93/100

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“It is beautifully ripe and inviting on the nose showing blackberry, spiced cherry, cured meat, cedar and floral aromas, followed by a beautifully weighted palate that is juicy and vibrant with silky texture and rounded mouthfeel. The wine offers excellent fruit intensity together with subtle spicy/savoury notes, brilliantly framed by fine, chalky tannins. At its best: now to 2022”

 

Obsidian Estate Montepulciano 2016

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 17+/20

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“Even, dark ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, oft and harmonious nose of moderately deep, dark-red berry fruit melded with a subtle layer of earth and minerals, and nuances of dark herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweetly rich and juicy with elegant but deep flavours of dark-red berry fruits along with dark herb nuances, and earth and minerals. The fruit richness is well-supported by light, grainy tannin extraction lending a supple, approachable mouthfeel. The acidity is balanced and provides good freshness and energy, and the wine carries to a moderately sustained, gently flavoured finish. This is an elegant, sweet-fruited Montepulciano with subtle dark herb, earth and mineral notes on a palate with balanced structure and freshness. Match with pork, veal and roasted red meats over the next 4 years. Estate Montepulciano fruit fermented to 13.7% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 91/100

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“Youthful and delightfully fragrant, the bouquet shows dark plum, blueberry, violet and mixed spice aromas with a hint of game complexity. It is succulent and beautifully rounded on the palate, and displays pristine fruit flavours and fine texture, elegantly structured by polished tannins, finishing delicately dry. At its best: now to 2021”

 

Obsidian Estate Syrah 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 17.5/20

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“Full, dark, deep, black-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very fresh and finely proportioned with intense aromas of blackberry and dark raspberry fruit, along with hints of black pepper, dark-red florals and a little minerally reductive suggestions. Medium-full bodied, the palate is tightly bound with fine and firm flavours of blackberries with some dark raspberries, black pepper and spice, lifted by violet florals. The fruit is complexed by an earthy and minerally amalgam and a little reduction. The mouthfeel features a fine, grainy-textured structure with integrated acidity, and the wine carries with good drive to a moderately sustained finish of black fruits, pepper and minerals. This is a firmly bound Syrah with black fruits, some black pepper, florals and minerally reductive notes on a fine, but firm palate. Match with barbecued and grilled red meat dishes, and semi-hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years. Hand-picked estate fruit destemmed and partially crushed, and fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20% new French oak”

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 91/100

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“Flavoursome wine with berry, floral, violet, black pepper and spicy oak characters. Moderately firm tannins give structure and will help the wine age, although it is reasonably accessible now. Rich and slightly rustic red” 

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 93/100

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“Pristine, fragrant and attractive, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, jasmine and clove characters with a hint of black pepper complexity. The palate is wonderfully flavoursome and smooth, and offers delectable fruit flavours together with subtle spicy undertones, finishing superbly long and silky. At its best: now to 2020”

 

The Obsidian “Vitreous” 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 18-/20

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“Even, dark ruby-red colour with black hues, lighter on the rim. The nose is full, soft and harmoniously presented with moderately deep aromas of ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit along with subtle notes of dark herbs and a gentle layering of iron-earth minerals. The aromatics are balanced with integrated componentry, unfolding a little spice with aeration. Medium-full bodied, the palate has sweetly rich and ripe fruit flavours of blackberries and black plums, along with black and red currants, harmoniously interwoven with a little spice, forming a fine core. The fruit is balanced by ripe, fine-grained tannins which allow the fruit to feature. The mouthfeel is fresh and vibrant, and lively, carrying with soft drive to a lingering finish of ripe blackberries and plums. This is a harmoniously integrated red blend with sweetly ripe black berried and plummy fruit, with a fine cored palate. Match with roasted lamb, beef and venison over the next 6-7+ years. ‘Vitreous’ is the new name for the ‘Estate’ blended red which was previously varietally named. This is a blend of 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Franc, 19% Petit Verdot and 5% Malbec, fermented to 13.75% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 20$ new French oak. 970 cases made”

Bob Campbell - 92/100

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“A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. Deeply-tinted red with dark berry, blackberry, cassis, black pepper and violet flavours. An elegant wine that offers good value at this price”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 91/100

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“The attractively fruited and fragrant bouquet shows dark fruit, toasted hazelnut, tobacco and mixed spice characters. It is succulent and smooth on the palate, and displays pristine fruit flavours with subtle cedary complexity, leading to a lingering tasty finish. Beautifully harmonious and approachable. 2015 Vitreous is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. At its best: now to 2020”

 

Reserve Range

The Obsidian Reserve Viognier 2014

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 95/100

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“A powerful and complex rendition. Superbly long and immensely appealing”

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 90/100

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“Delicately aromatic viognier with apricot kernel, honeysuckle and subtle nutty flavours. A light, supple wine that is appealing, although I'd like to see greater intensity and richness. It does have quite a lengthy finish”

Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide - 4 Stars

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Estate-grown on a north-facing slope at Onetangi, it is a bright lemon/green, scented wine, fermented and matured for six months in seasoned French oak barriques. Powerful (14.5%alc) it has balanced acidity and vibrant, still youthful stone-fruit flavours, seasoned with toasty oad. Best drinking 2017. It is mouthfilling and sweer-fruited with fresh, vibrant, well-ripened peachy, slightly spicy flavours a subtle seasoning of oak and balanced acidity. Drink now or cellar.

 

The Obsidian Reserve Syrah 2015

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 19-/20

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“Dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, a little lighter edged. The nose is softly full building in solidness with densely packed aromas of ripe blackberry fruit entwined with dark raspberries and plums, along with iron-earth elements. With aeration, a little black pepper, spices and violet florals emerge. Medium-full bodied, the palate possesses sweetly rich and vibrant fruit flavours of ripe blackberries, dark raspberries, plums and black pepper, unveiling dark-red and violet florals. The flavours form a good, concentrated, seamless heart. The fruit richness is balanced and supported by fine-grained, ripe, flowery tannins which enable accessibility. The acidity is refreshing and integrated. The wine flows with good energy to a long, elegant, sweet-fruited finish. This is a rich, vibrant, seamlessly concentrated Syrah with ripe black fruits, floral notes and a fine-textured palate. Match with venison and game meat dishes over the next 8-9+ years. 100% estate Syrah fruit, predominantly destemmed and fermented with approx. 10% whole clusters to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 40% new French oak. 133 cases made”

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 95/100

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“Rich, dense and weighty syrah with plum, dark berry, violet, black pepper, liquorice and spicy oak flavours. A complex red with a subtle savoury, dried herb character. Approachable now but with the potential to develop well in bottle”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 95/100

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“A beautifully styled syrah, the fabulously expressed bouquet shows dark plum, cranberry, roasted beetroot, cedar and black olive characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit intensity and purity, elegantly framed by silky texture and supple tannins. The wine is wonderfully poised and composed, and promises to evolve gracefully. At its best: now to 2023”

 

The Obsidian “The Mayor” 2013

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Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 18.5/20

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“Dark, deep ruby-red colour with a little purple, lighter on the rim The nose is softly full with aromas of ripe, dark redcurrant fruit along with lifted dark-red florals, subtle notes of cassis, dark herbs and some iron-earth element, unfolding some savoury dried herbs and secondary development nuances. Medium-full bodied, the palate is sweet and juicy with rich, ripe redcurrant, plum and cassis flavours, along with dark and dried herbs, and iron-earth mineral notes, forming a well-packed and concentrated, but rounded core. The mouthfeel is enlivened by fresh, balanced acidity, and the wine flows along a finely extracted tannin line with near powdery texture and grip. The wine carries to a rich, lingering finish of redcurrants, plums, herbs and iron-earth elements. This is a well-concentrated Cabernet Franc-based blend with rich fruit, fine-grained tannins and a softly fresh palate. Match with casseroles and slow-cooked game meat dishes over the next 7-9+ years. A blend of 44.5% Cabernet Franc, 33.5% Petit Verdot and 22% Malbec, fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 30% new French oak. 206 dozen made”

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 96/100

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“Mainly cabernet franc with small amounts of petit verdot and malbec from a top vintage. Rich, mellow, concentrated and approachable red with dark berry, liquorice, hot asphalt and spicy oak flavours. A serious complex red that will age well but is a delight to drink right now”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 95/100

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“This is a gorgeous Bordeaux-style red offering dark fruit, mixed berry compote, cedar, cigar and smoked meat aromas on the nose. It is equally satisfying on the palate delivering excellent concentration and weight, wonderfully complemented by velvety texture and opulent mouthfeel, backed by fine, well-integrated tannins. Mouthfilling and delectable. 2013 The Mayor is predominantly cabernet franc with small amounts of petit verdot and malbec. At its best: now to 2023.”

 

The Obsidian “The Obsidian” 2013

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - 19/20

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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” 

Bob Campbell Wine Reviews - 96/100

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“Intense, powerful blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec with strong liquorice, 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’s Wine Buyer’s Guide - 5 Stars

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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”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit - 97/100

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“A glorious expression; the Bordeaux-like bouquet. A magnificent wine to put away to see it develop gracefully.”

 

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