Obsidian Estate Vitreous 2016
- Cabernet Blend
- New Zealand, 750ml
Medium bodied, with ripe warm flavours of black fruit and spice. Fine tannins and well balanced acidity provide a lingering finish. Fragrant complex aromas of cassis, black cherry herbs and cedar.
- Winery: Obsidian
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec
- Region: Waiheke Island, New Zealand
- Vintage: 2016
- Alcohol: 13%
- Volume: 750ml
- Closure: Screwcap
Food match: Grilled meats & hamburgers; spaghetti Bolognese; pizza; mushrooms & onions; Parmesan
Obsidian wines are the true embodiment of their place of origin. Every exquisite glass of Obsidian speaks of this unique terroir, encapsulating not only the character of the weathered soils at Onetangi, home to Obsidian’s vineyard on Waiheke Island, but the coastal beauty of the surrounding environment.
Obsidian Vineyard nestles in the coastal hills of the Onetangi Valley of Waiheke Island. Small batches of wine are grown on four discrete hillsides set out in an amphitheatre-like fashion. The sheltered vines enjoy high levels of heat tempered by the maritime breeze. The mineralized clay soil is rich in iron and manganese oxides, and overlays ancient weathered rock. These conditions perfectly suit the noble red and white grapes originating from the Mediterranean countries.
Up until 2000 the only wine produced by Obsidian was a Bordeaux-style red. In 2000 a second label or “little brother” to Obsidian was introduced called Weeping Sands. It wasn’t until 2004 that Obsidian produced its first non Cabernet Blend wine – a delightful summer Rose made from merlot grapes. Since then, new single vineyard wines include Syrah, Montepulciano, Viognier, Chardonnay and Tempranillo have been planted. They are small in quantity but high in quality. Obsidian is the first vineyard on Waiheke Island to produce a Montepulciano and Tempranillo.
Obsidian's approach to viticulture and winemaking is uncomplicated. They strive to grow consistently ripe, concentrated, flavourful grapes and to craft them into superb wines for drinking and cellaring. Yields are kept deliberately low to maximise quality. As a result only a limited number of cases of Obsidian are produced each year, though this varies naturally with the vintage conditions. The combined annual production of Obsidian is typically about 4000 cases.
- 18/20 - Raymond Chan
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