Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2021
From the famed home of cool climate flavor intensity, Oyster Bay New Zealand Chardonnay is a delightful breath of fresh air and displays a style of its own. Its assertive and refreshing flavors are captured and partnered with subtle oak bringing a delicate texture to the white wine. It features fragrant white peach, vibrant citrus with lingering lime zest and a creamy texture.
This wine pairs perfectly with full-flavored creamy dishes, seafood, and chicken.
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Roasted pineapples, oatmeal and bread crust to the nose. A medium-bodied chardonnay with fresh and lifted acidity that gives it a tangy feel. Simple and mouthwatering. Drink now.
Blessed with the natural advantages of New Zealand’s maritime cool climate and ancient alluvial soils, Oyster Bay continues to capture the essence of New Zealand’s cool climate viticulture with our world-class range of elegant and assertive wines with glorious fruit flavors. Oyster Bay vines flourish in Marlborough, one of New Zealand’s most renowned wine regions. Oyster Bay’s state-of-the-art, winemaking facilities, have been carefully designed to preserve the intense varietal flavors which come from these unique sites.
Oyster Bay is a passion. It’s a vision. And ultimately, it’s a promise- to bring the very best of New Zealand wine to the world.
An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.
The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.
Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.