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Obsidian ‘Estate’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017

11 January,2018

Obsidian Vineyard was established in 1993, and produced a single Bordeaux-varietalled wine until 2000, when a second label was introduced, and a selection of other varieties was planted. There are 9 ha of vines on the 17 ha property, and Mike Wood, with the company since 2005, produces around 4,000 cases of high quality wine from the fruit managed by Tim Adams. The estate fruit is supplemented by Pinot Gris and Chardonnay from another Island site. In my opinion, the wines figure among the leaders from Waiheke Island. There has been a rationalising of the wines into the more accessible, but still serrious ‘Estate’ range and the flagship ‘Reserve’ tier. Here, I review the new 2017 ‘Estate’ Chardonnay. www.obsidian.co.nz

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Obsidian ‘Estate’ Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017

Chardonnay from New Zealand – Northland & Auckland

17.5-/20

Bright, light straw-yellow colour, pale on the rim. The nose is elegant in proportion, very taut and tightly bound with finely-concentrated aromas of white stonefruits harmoniously integrated with subtle creamy barrel-ferment and nutty lees and oak elements. Medium-bodied, the palate is firmly composed with a tight core of white stonefruits along with subtle creamy barrel-ferment notes, and nutty, flinty lees and oak. The mouthfeel is fresh and lively, possessing a smooth-flowing. energetic line. The wine carries to a lingering, elegant finish of stonefruits and nuts. This is an elegant, fine and firmly concentrated Chardonnay with white stonefruit and nutty flavours. It will grow in richness over the next 3-4 years. Serve with seafood, poultry and pork dishes. Fruit from the ‘Edbrookes’ vineyard, WBP and fully barrel-fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months on lees in seasoned French oak with 28% MLF. 17.5-/20 Jan 2018 RRP $31.50

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