Merlot Hawkes Bay New Zealand
Enjoying a temperate maritime climate, Oyster Bay's Hawkes Bay 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 idyllic environment for Merlot to grow it's vibrant, fully ripened varietal flavours. Oyster Bay is about elegance and intensity of fruit, a Pinot Noir of freshness, sweet spice and soft tannins. The glorious fruit ripeness provides a burst of rich juicy black plum flavours, whilst a touch of subtle oak contributes complexity, softness and warmth.
Grapes are destemmed and crushed into fermenters. The musts are inoculated with pure yeast cultures, selected for their capacity to enhance aromatics and preserve varietal fruit characters. A selection of Bordeaux barriques by renowned coopers Demptos and Jaegle, Sylvain and Dargaud, air seasoned for a minimum of three years, serves to impart complexity. Tailored rackings and pump overs are employed to extract the most delicate of tannins. Following a gentle press and primary ferments, the wine completes malolactic in a mix of tank and French oak barriques. A component is barrel aged for several months, adding softness and complexity. The assembled wine is treated to a gentle egg white fining.
Purple/ red colour. Ripe bouquets of generous red and black berry fruit, dark plum and a touch of briar. Well integrated smoky and slightly spicy oak melds with the freshness of ripe fruit, spice and a touch of vanillin, supported by soft tannins. A delicious Merlot wine, finishing with sweet berry flavours, aromatic spice and lingering silken textures.