Oyster Bay Merlot 2011, Hawkes Bay, North Island

Merlot Merlot
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

$18.95 (692343)

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85 pts
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January 05, 2013

Critic Reviews (3)

Sara d'Amato
Sara d'Amato

Gently spiced, bayberry infused Merlot with plenty of juicy, well-balanced characteristics. Both excellent with food...

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David Lawrason
David Lawrason

There is a sheen of sulphur-related brine here, as well as resinous new oak. Both combine to subdue the fruit,...

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Anthony Gismondi
Anthony Gismondi

Big smoky, coffee, oaky, barnyard, saddle leather aromas. Dry, fresh, smooth palate with big meaty, smoky vanilla,...

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Community Reviews (1)

Michael Stickings
Michael Stickings

This tastes much better than it smells, what with overwhelming aromas of leather and barnyard leading to a fairly complex array of raspberry, strawberry, plum, oak, vanilla, and black pepper notes on the palate. This is the sort of widely-available (and hardly varietally or terroir distinctive) wine that is suitable if you just want a bottle of red for dinner and don't want to have to think too much about it, and in that regard it's sufficiently versatile and appealing. There's just so much else that is so much better, so much more interesting, even in this quite reasonable price range.

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