Obsidian Reserve Chardonnay 2012

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

This is sumptuous and powerful while remaining beautifully balanced and poised. The complex bouquet shows stone fruit, citrus, vanilla and roasted almond aromas, followed by a lush palate that's filled with delicious flavours. It's rich and smooth, and beautifully structured by well-integrated acidity. At its best: now to 2018.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Nov 2013

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“Launched from the 2012 vintage, the reserve bottling is not estate-grown, but sourced from “small hillside vineyards overlooking the Hauraki Gulf.” Fermented and matured in French oak casks (30 per cent new), the 2012 is a tightly structured, youthful wine with citrusy aromas and flavours, firm acid spine, mealy notes adding complexity, and excellent vigour and depth. Best drinking mid 2014+.”

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's 2014 Buyer's Guide to NZ Wine

Obsidian Chardonnay 2012 (Non Reserve)

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

Mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with vibrant grapefruit, peach and lime flavours, buttery and biscuity notes adding complexity, and good texture and harmony. Already drinking well.

Michael Cooper Recent Releases, Winestate Magazine, 2013

Obsidian Chardonnay 2011

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (4 ½ Stars)

“Powerful, full-bodied northern style, matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (40% new). Generous and sweet-fruited, with ripe, peachy flavours, a hint of butterscotch, biscuity, savoury notes adding complexity and a long finish. Drink now or cellar”

Michael Cooper Recent Releases, Winestate Magazine, Nov/Dec 2012

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“A rich and quite nutty Chardonnay with plenty of weight and good complexity. There's a little heat from the moderately high 14% alcohol but the wine has enough depth and concentration to handle it. Full flavoured Chardonnay with layers of ripe peach, grapefruit and toasted nut barrel characters.”

Bob Campbell MW, Bobswinereviews.com

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“It's restrained and savoury on the nose with yellow peach, citrus and oatmeal characters with a hint of vanilla oak. The palate is well weighted showing rich texture and beautifully balanced acidity, leading to an expansive finish. Showing good promise. At its best: now to 2015.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 19, 2012

Obsidian Chardonnay 2010

★ ★ ★ ★1/2 (4 1/2 Stars)

“It's beautiful, ripe and fragrant on the nose displaying pineapple, peach and citrus characters with subtle vanilin oak notes. The palate is juicy and smooth with creamy texture and well balanced acidity leading to an expansive finish. Generous and opulent while remaining pristine and poised. At its best 2015.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Dec. 2012.

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“... The 2010 is also stylish, with strong, ripe, citrusy, peachy, slightly nutty flavours, showing good complexity. Rich and subtle, it’s well worth cellaring.”

Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines, 2012

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“....ripe citrus and mealy fruit along with buttered toast and nutty aromas. Full-bodied and with real power and drive, this rich, but restrained, citrus and nectarine fruit flavours showing....This is a powerful solid wine, still tight, and will become richer over the next 3-5 years.”

Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Oct 2011

“Nothing timid about this wine, it has a no-holds barred style with heaps of character. Hazelnuts, peach and brioche flavours leap out of the glass and the palate is rich and full with loads of texture and weight. A clean, lingering citrus finish”

John Hawkesby, Canvas Magazine, 20 Nov 2011

Obsidian Chardonnay 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (4 ½ Stars)

“Well worth cellaring, this very refined, elegant wine was barrique-aged for eight months. Mouthfilling and finely textured, it has youthful peach and grapefruit flavours, showing excellent ripeness, delicacy and freshness, and lovely harmony.”

Michael Cooper Recent Releases, Winestate Magazine, July/August 2010 &
Michael Cooper’s Wine Buyers Guide 2011

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (4 ½ Stars)

“It’s youthful yet appealing and engaging with lifted aromas of stonefruit, citrus and nutty oak. The palate is full and expansive with a succulent mouthfeel and creamy texture leading to a delicious long finish. Bigger framed and bold, this should develop fabulous richness with time. At its best: now to 2014.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 15, 2011

NZ International Wine Competition 2010

Obsidian Chardonnay 2008

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“Still very youthful, this is a fresh, lively wine with grapefruit-like flavours, mealy notes adding complexity and a slightly creamy finish. Well worth cellaring.”

Winestate Magazine, Upper North Island Regional tasting, July/Aug 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“Nice primary fruit showing good citrus flavours and some savoury white pepper notes. Simple, sweet vanilla oak. Shows some warmth on the finish.”

Wine NZ Magazine, Autumn 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars)

“Pale lemon. Bouquet is even more delicate than the Mudbrick, with a floral component including English pale flowers initially raising the possibility of pinot gris (in the blind tasting), backed by excellent barrel-ferment, lees-autolysis and MLF. The whole wine shows a light and deft hand in the winemaking, an approach optimising the variety and style of the wine, without artefact dominating. Palate includes creamy and mealy notes with pale stone fruit flavours, good acid balance, ... aftertaste lingers delightfully”

Geoff Kelly, www.geoffkellywinereviews.co.nz, July 2009

90/100 points

“With an attractive nose of brioche, a touch of coconut and almond, nice definition and poise, the palate of the 2008 Obsidian Chardonnay is well balanced with well integrated creamy new oak, touches of vanilla and crème brulee. Nice poise and tension on the understated finish. Superb. Drink now-2013.”

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate, www.eRobertParker.com, Oct 09

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