Oyster Bay Merlot 2014


SKU 29592


The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours. The Hawke's Bay wine region is arguably the most exciting find in recent times for the cultivation of Merlot in New Zealand. Ancient alluvial river terraces provide for a superb mix of soils over gravelly, free-draining subsoils, with an abundance of pure river water for irrigation. With a temperate maritime climate, the vines are warmed by strong clear sunlight during the day and cooled at night by the sea breezes of the Pacific Ocean. This is the unique environment in which Merlot produces its vibrant, fully ripened varietal flavours. Essentially Oyster Bay Merlot is about elegance and intensity of fruit. The hero is always freshness of ripe fruit, spice and soft tannins on the palate.
Category Red Wine
Country New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Brand Oyster Bay
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • we89

Wine EnthusiastThis definitely fits the bill as an affordable weekday red. Red berries, vanilla and spice on the nose and palate offer plenty of enjoyment, while there's just enough softly dusty tannins to provide structure on the crisp finish. Drink now through the end of 2018.

Joe Czerwinski, December 31, 2016
  • ws86

Wine SpectatorSupple and easy-drinking, with floral and toast accents to the herb-tinged currant and strawberry flavors. Spicy on the finish. Drink now through 2025. 11,000 cases imported.

MaryAnn Worobiec, 2016

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