While meeting winemaker Mike Brown at a Gemtree tasting in North Sydney was a fascinating experience, he simply added a further layer of interest to the already compelling wines on show. Much has been written about the albarino wines and their vinous autheticity and Gemtree has a large investment there. Needless to say we have some Gemtree albarino (or other name) in the cellar and it still tastes great.
This Obsidian invokes no doubt of origin; it could only hail from the very best McLaren Vale fruit. Only about 1% of the shiraz fruit that comes into Gemtree is used for the Obsidian Shiraz.
The colour is deep, dark and inky.
Nose is complex and intense; dark chocolate, spice, stewed plums and dusty but sweet vanillan oak.
Palate is full bodied, rich and complex; with all of the above plus liquorice, the structure of the wine is powerful and enveloping. Tannins are firm and grippy and will give this wine life for many years to come. Finish is long and satisfying. Bottom line is the wine needs 5 more years in the cellar and I think it will be a great Australian wine and good for 20 years if you are.