The 2010 vintage continues a remarkably strong decade of harvests in McLaren Vale, joining 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. An almost perfect growing season paved the way for a remarkably strong vintage where all the strongest parcels of fruit were picked in ideal conditions. The resultant wine has great concentration and flavour yet it continues with the Gemtree trademark of fine acid and tannin lines.
We commenced our reserve program 9 years ago and I believe the 2010 shows everything a reserve wine should. Great vintages and great vineyards speak volumes given the latitude and the 2010 Obsidian does exactly that. Matured in new French oak for 3 years, the 2010 deserves the title of Gemtree’s flagship wine - dark and powerful, yet restrained and poised.
Appearance: Black with purple/red hue.
Nose: Satsuma plums, black currant, chocolate, sweet spices (cinnamon), marshmallow, black jubes and creamy savoury oak.
Palate: A multilayered and complete wine. Combining flavours of dark conserve, marshmallow, plum, boysenberry into a soft creamy integrated palate. The brightness and almost freshness of the wine is attributed to the acidity and tannin which will soften over time. The palate is velvety soft now, but with time will integrate to create a purely remarkable wine.
Food: Gemtree organic lamb cutlets with roasted beetroot, kipfler potatoes and plum jus.