Oyster Bay Merlot 2018
Generous wild berry and spice notes are plush, showing details of vanilla bean, cigar box and toffee pudding, set on a smooth frame. Drink now. 10,000 cases made, 1,384 cases imported.
This is a straightforward sipper opening to notes of black currant, chocolate, mint and oak spice. The palate is rich and round with plump, fleshy fruit and leathery tannins. The oak sticks out a little, especially on the finish An easygoing cold weather wine. Drink now.
Readers looking for a red wine under the Oyster Bay label would be best served by picking up a bottle of the 2018 Merlot. Sourced from Hawke's Bay, it boasts bountiful notes of black cherries and plums. There's a hint of wood spice, but this medium-bodied offering emphasizes fruit and freshness, framing those elements with supple drink-now tannins.