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Obsidian Syrah has been compared with St Joseph and Hermitage...

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Syrah expert Geoff Kelly was very impressed by the quality of New Zealand Syrah during the Super 14 Syrah tasting at Eden Park. Kelly gave special mention to Obsidian Syrah in his subsequent publication “A syrah ripening curve in New Zealand wine terms”- World of Fine Wine magazine, Issue 34, 2011.

According to Kelly, the quality of the 2008 Obsidian Syrah can be calibrated on the scale of the best St Joseph and Hermitage syrahs and Obsidian is among the finest syrahs made on Waiheke Island.

Obsidian Syrah 2008 (18.5+/20 points)

"Ruby, carmine and velvet; fractionally the deepest wine in the tasting. The bouquet on this wine is pinpoint syrah taken to the optimal stage of ripeness, where soft wallflower florals are clearly retained and classical cassis berry is just grading into dark plum. The palate is textbook syrah, the berry definition of cassis and a hint of blueberry is clear..........This is a great syrah and for Waiheke Island the absolute benchmark wine so far, because it's completely free of Brett- a joy! Cellar 5-15 years"

Obsidian Syrah 2009 (18+/20 points)

"Ruby, carmine, and velvet; much the same depth as the 2008.....On the palate, the idea grows, the entire riper end of the ripening spectrum from deepest cassis, blueberry, bottled Black Doris plum, and even a hint of boysenberry being tastable. This wine has only just been bottled and was offered as a preview for interest. I'm sure that once it has settled down, it will speak much more elegantly at release mid 2011. Cellar 5-15 years, maybe more."

Weeping Sands Syrah 2009

"On the palate, the berry richness is excellent, there being less oak than the Obsidian Reserve version - and perhaps a thought of jamminess.....It is a delicate balance in a warm season, keeping New Zealand's Syrah on the right side of the line and not straying into shiraz territory. Cellar 3-10 years"

Geoff Kelly, The World Of Fine Wine, Issue 34, 2011