Quality in common

Obsidian viticulturalist and winemaker Michael Wood (Photo: Obsidian Wines)

These three red wines appear to have little in common. They are from three different regions, are made from different grape varieties and were produced in different vintages. Their one common feature (apart from price) is quality.

They are from three different regions, are made from different grape varieties and were produced in different vintages. Their one common feature is quality.

The 2015 Hawkshead Bannockburn Pinot Noir from Central Otago is a deliciously drinkable example of the restrained fruit bomb style that Central Otago, and particularly Bannockburn, does very well indeed. Its approachability distracts from the fact that the wine promises to develop very well in bottle. (NZD $65)

From Hawke’s Bay, the 2014 Hopes Grove Silver Lining Syrah is an intense mix of Christmas cake flavours that will utterly seduce anyone who loves big, complex and accessible syrah. (NZD $65)

Finally, the 2016 Obsidian Reserve from Waiheke Island is a toothsome blend of cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec, with an intriguing mix of berry, floral and spice flavours. A seductively smooth red with time up its sleeve. (NZD $54)

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