My notes on Obsidian Waiheke Island new releases…

Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island Chardonnay 2017 $48

The stylish, chablis-like elegance of this wine makes it a showstopper for me. I love the purity of fruit, intense citrus, and minerality on the mid-palate, peachy backbone and the dusting of subtle nutty notes on the finish. It’s a beautifully balanced example and I’m officially obsessed with it. (5 stars)

Obsidian Reserve Waiheke Island The Mayor 2016 $54

Composed of Cabernet Franc and smaller amounts of petit verdot and malbec, it’s a rich yet elegantly structured wine, intensely perfumed and peppery.  Drenched in fresh berryfruit and spice.  Elastic tannins, dark cocoa characters and quite the juiciest, mouthwatering acidity which makes it ultra-fresh and frisky to drink.  Absolutely delicious. (5 stars)

Obsidian Reserve The Obsidian 2014 $75

  • This take-no-prisoners blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, malbec, cabernet franc and petit verdot, seduces you from the first sniff.  Intensely perfumed with dark, broody berries and plum, there’s a whisker of graphite, soy and smoke stitching them together.  On the palate, it has incredible fruit density and a spine like a stegosaurus – solid layers of flavour supported by strong yet supple tannins make this a truly unputdownable red wine that deserves to be in your cellar. (5 stars)

Obsidian Waiheke Island Montepulciano 2015 $39.50

Highly floral on the nose, loads of hedgerow fruits, five-spice, cherry and boysenberry bodaciousness.  It’s the second-most widely planted red variety in Italy and I’m thanking the stars that the Obsidian folk have it growing on our very own Waiheke Isle.  There’s a rich, savoury layer reminiscent of roasting pan juices, a hint of anise and dark cocoa and a marathon-like finish boasting chewy, muscular tannins. A generous, satisfying wine.  (4.5 stars)

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