Obsidian – New Releases from a Waiheke Island Realist

14-Sep-2011
Obsidian Vineyard, established in in 1993 with the goal of producing a top Bordeaux-style red is one of Waiheke Island's realists. With long-term production and marketing strategies, Obsidian offered from the beginning excellent quality without the high prices that seemed to deter potential buyers of other Waiheke Island wines at the time. Over the course of nearly two decades, the model includes a wider range of varietals, including innovative plantings, as well as more affordable tiers of wine. This approach seems to be prevalent on the island now, and the viability of the winemaking operations are much healthier for it. Lindsay Spilman and Alan Wiltshire head a group of shareholders with 18 ha of land at Onetangi. Winemaker Michael Wood has been with Obsidian since 2005, and the quality never better or more consistent. Besides the successful varieties of Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and the Bordeaux grapes, Pinot Gris, Montepulciano and now Tempranillo are making an impact. The more accessible ‘Weeping Sands' wines have proven show success and are an excellent prelude to the flagship Obsidian wines. Here are the latest releases. www.obsidian.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Pinot Gris 2011
  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Rosé 2011
  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Syrah 2010
  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Montepulciano 2010
  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Merlot 2009
  • Weeping Sands Waiheke Island Cabernet/Merlot 2008
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Viognier 2010
  • Obsidian Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2010

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