The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctively 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 subsoils, with an abundance of pure river water for irrigation.
Following gentle pressing, the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in tank and in French oak barriques. A large portion of the blend is then aged in French oak barriques over a period of months to provide softness and complexity to the wine.
Perfect with pepper steak, lasagne, roasts, rich mushroom, lamb, beef or wild game. Pasta with tomato based sauce, pizza.