Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2008
Pinot Noir from Marlborough, New Zealand
Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate pinot noir at its best. Fragrant, soft and flavorful with aromas of ripe cherries and sweet fruit tannins that provide structure and length. Cherry, ripe black plum and red berry fruits accentuated with seductive savory notes and svelte tannins.
Wine Spectator - "Light, polished and highly perfumed, with lavender and spice overtones to the currant and cherry flavors, lingering easily. Drink now through 2014."
Oyster Bay Winery
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 producers.
The first Oyster Bay vines were planted in 1988 and the label takes its name from the local Oyster Bay, situated in the picturesque headlands of the Marlborough Sounds, on the northern tip of New Zealand's beautiful South Island.
The natural siting advantages of the Oyster Bay vineyards are complemented by our intensive and careful viticultural practices including vine spacing, trellis configuration, canopy management and irrigation and vine monitoring systems.
The glorious result is consistently high quality grapes which, together with sensitive skilled winemaking, express the unique character of Marlborough. View all Oyster Bay Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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6 ratings, 5 with reviewsMary R - Huntersville, NC41/28/2011Bob Corcoran - Medford, MA212/22/2010Not bad - very harsh finish - decant it for an hour at least - settled then - I drank it re-corked the next day and it finally was acceptable.411/10/2010Another good Pinot Noir. Great subtle flavors--good with "medium" flavor dishes.16/22/2010Yuck! We tried it because it had a good rating, but it didn't do it for us. We couldn't drink it.Leo Stoltz - Manassas, VA47/23/2010Light, but with all the essentials for a good Pinot at a great price. Very nice on the nose initially, but even better if you give it about 20 minutes to open up. Good fruit with cherry coming forward and a pleasing finish. We had fun pairing it with a common, everyday tuna/pasta salad dish and fresh garden tomatoes for a no-frills evening meal on a hot summer day. I tasted the 2008's Pinots in Marlborough on a wine tour and this wine compares very favorably with what Cloudy Bay and others were asking over $30 for at their wineries.andrei4ski - Englewood Cliffs, NJ38/22/2010Overall OK, but you really have to like Pinots to appreciate its a bit watered down taste and you need to let it sit open for a few hours.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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