Obsidian Tempranillo 2012

★ ★ ★ ★  (4 Stars)

The 2012 vintage was barrel-aged for 10 months. A mouthfilling red with fullish, moderately youthful colour, it has very good depth of cherry, plum and spice flavours, with savoury notes adding complexity. Drink now onwards.

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

Weeping Sands Tempranillo 2011

★ ★ ★ ★  (4 Stars)

“This full-coloured, savoury, complex red was matured in French oak casks (one-third new). It is concentrated, with vibrant plum/spice flavours, an earthy streak, a good backbone of tannin and a dry, firm, finely structured finish. Drink now or cellar.”

Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine, Nov/Dec 2012.

★ ★ ★ ★  (4 Stars)

“It's ripe and fragant on the nose displaying red/dark plum, cedar and spice characters. The palate is juicy and rounded with smooth texture, finishing elegantly dry. A good expression of the variety showing lovely fruit ripeness together with gentle savoury complexity. At its best: now to 2015”

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2012

Wine of the Week, Herald on Sunday

“...this is lovely stuff. It has all the smoothness and elegance of Rioja, without the hefty price tag. Full of lovely soft plum and blackberry fruit and a touch of tobacco and leather, it's a little gem of a wine and proof that when it's done well, New Zealand can produce brilliant tempranillo wines.”

Don Kavanagh, Herald on Sunday, 8 July 2012

★ ★ ★ ★  (4 Stars)

“Tempranillo fruit from the Obsidian vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 33% new French oak. Dark, very deep ruby-red colour with purple hues. This has a sweet fruited nose, very aromatic, showing sweet cedar, butter and spicy fruits, very harmoniously presented. Medium-bodied, good deep and concentrated flavours of spicy and cedary red fruits are supported by fine, dry tannins forming significant body and structure. The acidity is soft and the fruit sweetness gives way to dry, grainy tannins on the moderately long finish. This is a medium-bodied varietally expressed Tempranillo with a finely firm, dry textured palate. Match with casseroles and game meat dishes over the next 5-6 years.”

Raymond Chan, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Sept 2012

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