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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.
The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and
assertive with glorious fruit flavors. 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 sub soils, 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 flavors.
The philosophy of Oyster Bay Marlborough is to produce fine, distinctively regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours - wines that drink well within a year or two of vintage, yet possess the balance of structure to reward cellaring.
The Oyster Bay label is owned by Delegat's Wine Estate, one of New Zealand's largest family owned and managed wine...Read More About Oyster Bay
Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du...Read More About Hawkes Bay
No second fiddle
Merlot is coming back into its own. High popularity led to mass production, which then led to a backlash towards the variety (remember Miles in Sideways?). But passionate Merlot producers, and of course the right bank of Bordeaux, continued to produce quality versions of this grape. Merlot remains the principle grape of top chateaux in St...Read More About Merlot
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