Oyster Bay Merlot 2013 Wine Review
Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand
Community Reviews: 8
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Bottle size: 750 ml
Natalie's Score: 90/100
Round, smooth, supple Merlot with enticing aromas and flavours of fleshy black plum and blackberry on the nose and palate. Medium- to almost full-bodied. This would be a great match for grilled pork chops.
Merlot food pairings: rare roast beef, coq au vin, lamb chops.
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This Oyster Bay Merlot 2013 was reviewed on April 4, 2015 by Natalie MacLean
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|Lynn Van Der Linde - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Quite possibly what a dark red sports car would taste like in a glass! Aromas of strawberry-rubard pie and hints of licorice, this spicey flavored Merlot has the right amount of acidity to make it perfect with so many dishes - savoury appetizers, meat loaf, and lamb burgers to name a few. A lingering peppery finish makes you coming back for more.
|Courtney Flood rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:|
Very seductive aromas of black cherry, blackberry, plum, and vanilla, however the wine still has a perfect balance of freshness to keep it from being too sweet. Lingering vanilla spice finish. A great wine for braised short rib.
|Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:|
Here's a delicious Hawke's Bay Merlot with a gentle nose showing earth and a hint of violets. The palate shows blackberry jam and ripe red plums and just a hint of spice. A very smooth, velvety mouthfeel, soft tannins and a ripe red plum finish. Super with roast pork or when you just want to sip a mellow red. Aged in french oak for 6 mos.
|Heather Wall - CS; WSET Advanced rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:|
This medium body Merlot is a scrumptious ruby colour with aromas flavours of sour cherry,raspberry, strawberry,plum, cranberry, violets, vanilla, oak, fresh herbs, black earth. Long length on an elegant peppery finish. Medium+ acidity. Youthful tannins. A velvety smooth Merlot that is very food friendly. Sip on it's own or enjoy it tonight with roasted lamb shank and mint sauce. Decant one hour.
Tasted: November 8, 2014
|Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 87/100 with the following review:|
A soft mixture of blackberry jam and cherry flavors with notes of spice. Has a long smooth finish.
|New Zealand Merlot thrives in Hawkes Bay's temperate climate and gravel soils. Pair with pork chops. - Community Wine Reviews|
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