Oyster Bay Merlot 2018 - Vine Republic
Oyster Bay Merlot 2018
SKU: 870661008147

Oyster Bay Merlot 2018

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Category Red Wine
Region New Zealand, Hawkes Bay
Brand Oyster Bay
Alcohol/vol 13%
The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctively regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavors. Oyster Bay Hawke's Bay Merlot features elegance and intensity of fruit the hero is always the freshness of ripe fruit, with spice and soft tannins on the palate. Juicy, fresh black plum with a hint of vanilla, bright red currants, and alluring spice. Oyster Bay Hawke's Bay Merlot is ideal as an aperitif or perfectly matched with charcuterie, grilled and slow cooked red meats, Italian dishes, Spanish and Mexican flavors, chocolate desserts, and blue and hard cheeses.
Wine Spectator
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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.

MaryAnn Worobiec, April 30, 2020
Wine Enthusiast
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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.

Christina Pickard, May 1, 2020
Wine Advocate
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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.

Joe Czerwinski, April 16, 2020