Oyster Bay Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009 Wine Review
Natalie's Score: 90/100Marvelous blackberry and dark plum aromas on the nose that follow through as luscious flavours on the palate. Full-bodied and smooth so it's ready to drink now. This wine would be absolutely divine with grilled pork chops. Plush Pork Wine
This Oyster Bay Hawkes Bay Merlot 2009 was reviewed January 5, 2013
by Natalie MacLean
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|The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and|
assertive with glorious fruit flavours. 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 flavours.
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.
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