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.
This 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.
Supple 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.