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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.

Tasting Notes

Ripe plum, berry fruits and hints of spice, accentuated with a nuance of oak and an elegant, lingering soft texture.

Region of OriginHawkes Bay
Wine ColourRed
Alcohol Units9.75
ABV13%
Current Vintage2011
ProducerDelegat's Wine Estate
Type of ClosureScrewcap
Wine MakerMichael Ivicevich
Pack Quantity75
Pack Measurecl
CountryNew Zealand

Grape Variety

Merlot

Vinification Details

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.

History

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.

Regional Information

Sunny, but relatively cool climate conditions in Marlborough give the grapes the advantage of a long, slow, flavour intensifying, ripening period.

Storage Type

Ambient

Storage

This wine can be enjoyed now or carefully stored for up to 2 years from purchase.

Storage Instructions

This wine is ideal for drinking now but can be kept for up to 2 years

Allergy Information

Contains: Sulphur Dioxide/Sulphites

Other Information

Recycling Info: Glass Pack

Storage

This wine can be enjoyed now or carefully stored for up to 2 years from purchase.

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