Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2011

★ ★ ★ ★1/2 (4 1/2 Stars)

“It's beautiful, ripe and fragrant, showing dark plum, game, blueberry and floral characters on the nose. The palate is well weighted with good density and smooth texture, leading to a lingering dry finish, backed by fine/firm tannins. The variety is classically expressed with excellent structure, and should be a magnificent drink in a few years. At its best: end of 2012 to 2017.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 19, 2012

★ ★ ★ ★(4 Stars)

“Supple red with a silken texture. An elegant rather than blockbuster wine with a seamless mix of violet, red fruits and subtle spice flavours.”

Bob Campbell MW, Bobswinereviews.com

★ ★ ★ ★ (4 Stars) 

Full,dark, deep, purple-ruby colour. Concentrated and dense black fruits, cassis, iron and earth combine with minerally aromas on the nose. Medium-full bodied, this has good depth of black fruit flavours along with savoury earth and graphite notes. The palate is robust and well-structured with tannins prevailing, providing plenty of grainy textures to the mouthfeel. The acidity is restrained, and the power and depth of the core drives the flavours to a solid, dry and textured finish with lingering black fruit nuances. This fully-structured Montepulciano will become rounder and develop more savoury interest over the next 6-8 years. Serve with roasted red game meats and hard cheeses.

Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Sept 2012

Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2010

New Zealand International Wine Competition 2011

“A lovely savoury and fragrant wine with a deep colour, a succulent richness, concentrated purple fruit, fine tannins, hints of violets and a persistent creamy oak finish.”

New Zealand International Wine Challenge 2011

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

“Saturated purple-black ruby-red colour, impenetrable. The bouquet is very dense and concentrated with black and red berry fruits, lifted raspberry and floral notes interwoven with spices and oak. A full-bodied, near massively concentrated wine, the palate exudes black berry fruits with sweet dark raspberry and floral nuances as well as an inky, spicy infusion. The wine has serious extraction, the tannins ripe, rounded and plump, adding to the generosity of the wine. The alcohol is not intrusive at all, and the acidity is integrated resulting in a surprising finesse and restraint. All of the componentry is in harmony and balance. A full, ripe and rounded wine with great weight to match venison and game meat over the next 7-10 years.”

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

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

“An emerging star. The strapping 2010 vintage, grown in the Obsidian Vineyard at Onetangi, was matured for 10 months in new French (25 %) and older French and American (75 %) oak casks. Robust (15 % alc) and opaque, it is deliciously rich, flowing and soft, with great depth of blackcurrant, plum and spice flavours. Dense, harmonious and silky-textured, it's already hard to resist. Drink 11-16”

Michael Cooper, Michael Coopers Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

“Magnificently ripe and opulent. At 15% alcohol, it’s not for the faint- hearted, a luxurious, full-throttle red.”

Jane Skilton MW, Sunday Star Times, 4 Sept 2011

“A touch of Tuscany thousands of kilometres from Italy, the wine has lovely flavours of ripe plums, mixed herbs and lashings of oak with rich texture tannins. Fleshy and fulsome, it would be great with pasta and red meat.”

John Hawkesby, Canvas magazine, 19 November 2011

DOUBLE GOLD -The 5 Nations Wine Challenge 2011

Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2009

Liquorland International Wine Competition, 2010

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

“It’s rich and powerfully framed with ripe black- berry, game and spicy oak characters on the nose. The palate is ripe and engaging with excellent concentration and bright acidity providing a lovely structure and a refreshing finish. A lovely rendition of a classic Italian variety showing enormous appeal and drinkability. At its best now to 2015.”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Issue 11, 2010

★ ★ ★ ★ ½ (4 ½ Stars)

“A strapping red (15% alc), but it retains freshness and vibrancy. Barrel-aged for 10 months, it is deeply coloured and powerful, with concentrated flavours of plums, spices and nuts, very ripe, lush and lingering. Should be long-lived.”

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

Weeping Sands Montepulciano 2008

NZ International Wine Show 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

“Powerful, authoritative red from Obsidian, based on a classic variety of central Italy. Dense and complex, with bold, ripe flavours of plums and spices and firm tannins. Buy now and drink over the next decade.”

Michael Cooper, Listener Magazine, 11 July 2009

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 Stars)

“Ruby, carmine and velvet. Bouquet is richly ripe and dark, blackest plums at dropping-from-the-tree ripeness, a bit fumy on alcohol, a suggestion of black olives like one of the syrahs, a dense wine. Palate contrasts immediately with bouquet, being very aromatic on presumably quite high American oak, with a fleshy yet firm tannin profile, and firm acid – but critically, a little softer than the Obsidian Syrah. It is easy to imagine black pepper in this one too, and slot it in with the heavier syrahs, but it is not so spicy, just dark and at this early stage a little oaky. As for the 2007 wine but moreso, this is a great introduction to this grape in a thoroughly modern brett-free presentation, so different from the average example from Abruzzo. Don't even think of drinking one for a couple of years, then cellar 5 – 12 years or so."

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

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