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.