This is a laidback venue, with vines first planted in 1993. However, that studied casualness belies a smart portfolio – viticulturist-winemaker Michael Wood is really hitting his straps. The gently sloping vineyard is set in a sun-trap valley, which allows Obsidian to produce a Spanish tempranillo and an excellent Italian montepulciano.
Things To Know
All wines are made with meticulous care and attention to detail – the reds especially will reward cellaring. The Weeping Sands label, which had developed something of a cult following, is being phased out to make way for the new Obisidian non-reserve label.
It’s hard to go past the montepulciano (some 2012 will probably still be available). And the patriarch of the estate, the cabernet sauvignon-dominant Obsidian Bordeaux blend, is a must-have.
On a still day you will be able to hear the gentle fall of waves on nearby Onetangi beach. At 2.5km-long it is one of the most popular beaches on the island and is also home to some fine cafes.