Ripe plum, berry fruits and hints of spice, accentuated with a nuance of oak and an elegant, lingering soft texture. 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. Oyster Bay is New Zealand's third largest wine maker and defines the stature and style of New Zealand wines. It produces elegant, assertive, Super-Premium wines, with glorious fruit flavours from the renowned regions of Marlborough and Hawke's Bay. Hawke's Bay's ancient alluvial river terraces provide for a superb mix of soils over gravelly, free-draining sub-soils. With a maritime climate, the vines are warmed by strong sunlight during the day, and cooled at night by Pacific ocean breezes. The grapes for Oyster Bay Merlot received a gentle pressing to release flavour without drawing out hard tannins. A large portion was aged in French barriques for 6 months to provide softness and complexity to the wine.""This juicy, ripe, blackcurrant-rich red offers a glimpse of the smooth, medium-bodied Bordeaux-style red that's the hallmark of the Hawke's Bay region""Anthony Rose, The Independent.
Preparation & Storage
- Enjoy partnered with a rich lamb stew.
This wine can be enjoyed now or carefully stored for up to 2 years from purchase. This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 2 years