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Oyster Bay Hawkes Bay Merlot

2015 Vibrant, alluring flavors of plump ripe plum, sweet berry fruits and hints of spice, accentuated with a nuance of oak and an elegant, lingering soft texture. Fine tannin structure that makes it an ideal companion for a variety of meat and pasta dishes.
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$23.00 / Bottle   $276.00 / Case
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Oyster Bay takes its name from the local "Oyster Bay" on the tip of New Zealand's majestic South Island. Oyster Bay's reputation has been built from vines grown in Marlborough's central Wairau Valley now recognized as one of the great wine growing regions of the world. Oyster Bay has consistently won many of the world's most-prestigious wine awards and is internationally-recognized for producing "elegant, assertive wines 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.

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 2007 Hawke’s Bay growing season can be characterized as a season of contrasts, recording some of the coolest and warmest temperatures on record. The fruit making this wine was destemmed, crushed and transferred into fermenters to complete a 3 day pre-fermentation maceration. Following gentle pressing, the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in tank and in French oak barriques. A large portion of the blend was then aged in French oak barriques for 6 months to provide softness and complexity to the wine. The final blend was treated with a gentle egg white fining prior to bottling.