Set in the alluvial heart of Marlborough, one of the world’s most recognised wine-growing regions and a place as beautiful as it is abundant, you will find the vineyards that grew the reputation of Oyster Bay. Here, on the shallow stony soils of the tranquil Wairau Plains, where long, slow summers and cool autumn nights give birth to grapes of intense and fruity flavours, Oyster Bay began, from the very outset, to produce wines of international stature. If Marlborough was the birthplace of Oyster Bay, then Hawkes Bay, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, is its second home. The philosophy of Oyster Bay Marlborough is to produce fine, distinctively regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours – wines that drink well within a year or two of vintage, yet possess the balance of structure to reward cellaring.
The Hawkes Bay wine region is arguably the most exciting find in recent times for the cultivation of Merlot grapes in New Zealand. This Oyster Bay Merlot has vibrant, alluring flavours of juicy black plum and sweet berry fruits, with an exquisite background of spice, subtle oak and fine-grained tannins.