The sole vineyard owned by Donelan Family Winery, Obsidian is the most unique place they cultivate and absolutely bathed in terroir. On a steep perch rising above the Franz Valley floor in Knight’s Valley, Obsidian seems to want for water even amid rainstorms. The vines struggle mightily to produce canes and leaves, the berries are tiny, yields are unbelievably low and flavour concentration is ethereal. Year on year it has produced stunning wines characterised by fullness, minerality and structure that consistently wow critics and consumers alike. Sadly it was ravaged in the wildfires of 2017, however the Donelan family have already replanted and are committed to bringing this incredible wine back to market as soon as the grapes produce fruit of sufficient quality. In the meantime the existing stock will become ever more prized.
Aged for 20 months in 43% new French oak, with minimal whole-cluster inclusion, the 2012 Obsidian commands attention with its seriously volcanic nose that delivers aromas of wet stone, raw leather and gunpowder. The intense, refined palate brims with notes of, roasted coffee, black fruit and dark chocolate and the finish marches on long after most wines have tired. The 2012 is stunning now and will continue to improve well past 2025.