(2012 Vintage) fragrant and subtle wine, with undeniable cool climate flavour intensity. The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours. With every vintage we are working with more established vines from a steadily growing number of small vineyard blocks, each site chosen specifically for its uniform soils of moderate fertility providing for slow ripening and enhanced flavour development. With Pinot Noir the fruit is always the primary focus, but of course we have many opportunities to influence it with traditional winemaking techniques to add subtlety and complexity. We use both barrel and tank fermentation and we also mature with a mix of new and older French oak. Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate Pinot Noir at its best. Fragrant, soft and flavourful with aromas of ripe cherries, plums and gentle sweet fruit tannins to provide serious structure and length.
(2009 Oyster Bay Pinot Noir; New Zealand, Marlborough region (best are usually from Central Otago, but Marlborough is pretty good too); Color: Nice medium purple with almost a tannic/tea like structure. Nose: Sensational...Nice mix of strawberry, a little cranberry, and a hint of earthiness. Taste: Overall, a solid very good. Initially is a bit coarse, not overly refined. Flavors are intiially candied cherry with some strawberry as well. Midpalate becomes primarily candied, with a continuation of red fruit and a little earthiness. Finishes with a vegetal note, which would works well with food. On its own, I don't love the finish. Also shows a bit more alcohol on the finish than I would like. I can recommend this wine quite a bit, although it may not be for everyone. Also quite good with food. QPR: For Pinot, excellent. Overall, solid but not great QPR. Currently if looking for a Pinot noir, would choose La Crema over this one.
Cherrie flavor Earthy To my surprise its aromas and taste appear to explode with a little decanting Excellent price quality
dark fruit, subtle tannins, slight spice, light to medium body, dry finish
Smooth and light. Slight sweetness, effervescent on the tounge.
Very light tannins, thin mouthfeel. Drinkable but not memorable