Oyster Bay makes consistently good wines. Their 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is one of the best vintages of this variety I’ve tasted from this winery. The wine has that characteristic passion fruit and gooseberry nose with a fresh, clean palate that sustains on mouth-watering acidity for a long time.
Aromas of zesty grass and nettles meld with tropical fruit and citrus on the expressive nose. It’s mid weight with good mouth feel showering flavour over the palate and lengthy aftertaste – tangy lemon-lime, ripe melon and crisp gooseberry. The refreshing finish is balanced and mouth-watering delicious. One of the best SB tasted from this reliable premium producer.
Oyster Bay 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc comes from the region that made this NZ special famous and delivers typical passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours with an abundant bouquet – zesty and aromatic, crisp and definitely moreish.
A well-priced Kiwi sauvignon that almost dances on the tongue. It’s fresh and lively, has pristine gooseberry and lychee character with some minerally notes, plenty of weight and depth of flavour and a zesty finish. No problem reaching for a second glass here.
Here comes another of those zany, zesty Sauv Blancs from the most famous winemaking area in Kiwiland. This attractively-priced Oyster Bay wine is loaded with lots of lively, penetrating fruit characters, a rich concentration of tropical and gooseberry flavors, and an abundant New Zealand bouquet. As these guys say: ‘Sometimes the world really is your oyster,’… and we believe em.
Oyster Bay is currently making some very smart wines and this Sauvignon is no exception… pronounced aromas of gooseberry, nettle and a hint of sweet passionfruit. The wine dances across your tongue and finishes light, dry and crisp. A winery to watch.
Benjamin Moechtar, Wildfire Restaurant, Australia,
Oyster Bay have produced one of the best under $20 Sauvignon Blancs on the market today. This wine is fruity while still remaining creamy and full flavoured. We think it has the perfect balance for a Sauvignon Blanc.
This perennial classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of gooseberry, grass, citrus and passion fruit. Intense lively fruit on the palate, crisp acidity with a lingering, slightly minerally finish. My note: Another one of my long-time favorites, this wine is part of the Vintages Essentials section of the LCBO, meaning it’s in stores well beyond the month of the release. Score: 90/100.
Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2004: This grassy Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand matches the cheese’s characteristics perfectly. Its hints of gooseberry and citrus magnify the similar flavours of the cheese. It also has a matching soft, smoky finish, which bolsters the rosary ash.
Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2004 ($19): …This is such a fabulously enjoyable drink. Packed to the gills with passionfruit and lychee flavours with wrings of lemon and lime keeping it tight, it is a drink I could tuck into all summer long. Drink now. 91 points
Choosing a wine that reflects the season is a clever move. A fresh, herbaceous white redolent of hedgerows in spring is Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. It’s great with fresh asparagus. Enjoy as an early summer starter.
A delightfully crisp and refreshing white wine from New Zealand’s South Island..pale straw-green in colour and bursting with herbaceous, gooseberry, tropical fruit and delicate mineral flavours. A superb expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
It is currently very pale, and has a pristine, passionfruit and herb aroma, and a delicate, fruity palate. Oyster Bay is a brand that prides itself on delivering good-quality wines without a hefty price tag, and this is a really good expression of that philosophy.
The Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2004 from Marlborough New Zealand (90 points $19) is a harbinger of much more to come from this region and may cause nervousness among Australian sauvignon winemakers who charge rather more for their wines. It has fragrant crystal-clear passionfruit and lemon blossom aromas, delicate but intense fruit flavours and excellent overall balance.
James Halliday, The Weekend Australian, Australia,
This bright and bouncy young NZ dry white is a delightful expression of its grape variety with vibrant passionfruit, nectarine and lychee characters infused with fresh acidity. For serious dining, one might opt for a complex chardonnay but for casual meals, most Asian cuisines and all manner of seafoods, the Kiwis have the ideal wine: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Enjoy. 5 stars.
I am yet to taste a 2004 NZ sauvignon blanc that I haven’t loved. They are herbal citrussy full of classic gooseberry aromas and flavours and well they are just damn gorgeous. Oyster partner Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2004. Perfect with any sort of bi-valve – grassy and delicious
Most people think of monster reds for a barbecue, but zesty white wines are often good starters when folks are sitting and chatting or wandering around the backyard as they wait for the meat to cook. These wines get the juices flowing and have a pleasant cooling effect, much like the water sprinkler. My favorites were Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
A pleasant departure from the usual albeit slightly boring kiwi suspects, this lovely youthful wine has expected pale hues and then a nose that is, thankfully not so herbaceous as some. It is also softer, smoother and more delicious than most. Great drinking with anything that has fins.
The latest vintage of one of Canada’s bestselling white wines. Crisp and elegant; a great kiwi buy. Pale, straw green in colour and highly aromatic, with lots of lively fruit characters. Concentrated lemon citrus, passion fruit and tropical fruit flavours, with a vibrant lingering finish. Great sipper, and excellent with oysters and fish.
A perennial favorite, this pale-straw coloured wine has concentrated aromas of citrus, gooseberry and tropical fruits. Tangy and refreshing, the aromas replay on the palate underlain with soft vegetal and mineral notes. Light-medium bodied, the flavours are very consistent delivering a bright long-lasting finish. It’s a wonderful match with sole, halibut or your favorite goat cheese recipe.
The leading Sauvignon Blanc in the Australian market. A breezy and elegant style with freshly plucked lemons, guava and crisp tropical’s. Nicely balanced with graceful presence and subtly textured mouthfeel.
The young New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are more lemon-lime grapefruit than green pepper. This is a particularly vibrant example. It tastes like very ripe grapes, filled with sunshine. Dottie immediately thought of oysters on the half-shell and added “Every seafood restaurant in the world should have this on the wine list.”
Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, The Wall Street Journal, United States,
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a go-to summer wine, especially to pair with green vegetables. This balanced bottling ‚Äì a midpoint between the grassy, pungent style and a more fruit-driven approach holds it’s own with pricier wines.
Lynne Char Bennett, The San Francisco Chronicle, United States,
Always a bit racy, with added complexity from tropical nuances. Classic gooseberry, lime juice and lemongrass aromas with a hint of guava. The flavours show citrus peel, with hints of grapefruit, mango and gooseberry. Zesty stuff. Food suggestion: Oysters rockefeller, shellfish. Score: 90points
Oyster Bay generally delivers for its price and it is a great pick on restaurant lists. Look for a super fresh nose and flavours that mix grapefruit, passion fruit and smoke jalapeno notes. Intense but elegant and great with a variety of seafood. 87/100 Points.
One of my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, especially in this price range. Bursting with gooseberry freshness, lemon zest, passionfruit and lime. Medium-bodied. This one will wake up your mouth and stir your appetite. Food matches: asparagus, grilled vegetables, salads, pork, poultry, salmon, steamed clams, pan-fried scallops, mussels and, oh yeah, oysters. Score: 89/100.
There you go. Australia’s most popular white wine stood out in the blind tastings I conducted for this issue thanks to its perfumed, almost viognier-like floral lift and ripe, attractive gooseberry fruit flavours. Easy to see why it’s become such a hit.
Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller, Australia,
This is one of the most consistently delicious and refreshing whites on store shelves. The fruit for this New Zealand wine is gently pressed and the juice is cold-settled to retain its freshness. It has a vibrant, zesty flavor with enticing notes of passion fruit and lime, and works both as an aperitif for cocktail parties and paired with a wide range of dishes, from shellfish to vegetarian.
It seems Australians can’t get enough of New Zealand sauvignon blanc with sales going through the roof. This reliably good Kiwi savvy is one of the reasons why, with its aromatic passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours on the nose and palate, lively acidity and crisp, clean finish. Drink it with fresh seafood.
Fresh, fragrant and mixes biting tropical flavour with a grassy softness. It makes your mouth feel alive the moment it hits. It’s part of a NZ charge; sales of their sav blanc jumped a whopping 30 per cent last year. Top up, anyone?
Campbell Mattinson, Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun, Australia,
Pungent and herbaceous aromas of nettles and passion fruit leap from the glass. The expressive flavours are an explosion of spice-infused citrus, pineapple and sweet melon. This is well balanced and silky smooth on the palate. The dry, clean lip smacking finish lingers luxuriously. This is excellent value. This is a Vintages Essentials product – always available in selected stores.
What impresses me with the Oyster Bay range is their consistency, quality and affordability – hard things to get right year in year out with your wines. This one hits the spot nicely with a balance between its tropical fruit array of characters against a backdrop of more classic gooseberry and herbaceous notes…Enjoyable easy delicious drinking whether you like your Savvy Blanc with a tad of fruit or a tad of savoury dimension.
Paul Ippolito, www.paulippolito.com.au, Australia,
Oh my Oyster Bay. You would not need to say much else in your outlet to sell this wine as it basically sells itself. The 2007 Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic with plenty of lively fruit character. Passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours are present in an elegant wine with a crisp, refreshing profile.
If you want to taste the prototypical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, visit your local Vintages outlet and pick up a bottle of Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2007. The wine is quite pale in colour, but don’t be fooled by its pallor. It has an intense gooseberry, green leaf and asparagus nose that leaps out of the glass and grabs you by the… nostrils. I had it with blackened scallops and it was delicious or it’ll work well with goat’s cheese.
Tony Aspler, www.tonyaspler.com and 680 Radio News, Canada,
This 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect example, cut from textbook cloth, as verdant aromas of nettles and green peppers vie with juicy, tantalizing ripe tropical fruit. On the palate this is very successfully pitched, with some elegance and raciness and plenty of tangy freshness. The fruit is succulent and ripe without being too obvious and sweet and it is a wine that keeps you coming back for another sip.
An excellent follow up release. Youthful, pale, water-like, straw colour. Then a dangerously delicious nose and palate full of gooseberries and passionfruit with a clean, tropical, grassy finish. Lovely drinking with any seafood.
The many thousands of Australian fans who have attached themselves to Oyster Bay in recent years may rest assured that the 2007 is every bit as delightful as previous vintages and may be bought in bulk and confidence. Pronounced passionfruit and various tropical fruit aromas and flavours abound, and the palate is light, lively and refreshing. Given the ever-increasing quantity produced, quality has been maintained.
Oyster Bay winemaker Michael Ivicevich says the 2006 growing season in Marlborough, NZ, was one of the best with fruit “showing brilliant concentration, balanced with hallmark acidity”. Tropical fruit and a touch of ripe citrus aromas and flavours with an elegant crispness at the finish are signatures of this top import.
If you enjoyed the 2005 version (which was excellent) then prepare yourself, for this is even better! Obvious pale, water like to look at, the pungent nose of gooseberries, tropical fruit and passionfruit carry on to the delicious, crisp and long lingering palate. Perfect summer drinking now, a very,very good wine..
This wine was my favorite bargain white wine in December’s roundup, it’s still in stores, and I still adore it. After half a year on store shelves, it tastes a little different to me, with flavors of grapefruit, fennel, watercress, an anise note and some chalky minerality and a medium-length finish.
W.Blake Gray, San Francisco Chronicle, United States,
There are times when you have to include a wine that is readily available and that the public wants, for instance, Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough NZ. I intentionally didn’t put that on the wine list due to its popularity and presence in bottle shops. Then, after numerous visits from the Oyster Bay representative, I included it, and it is walking out the door.
Brett Thompson, Central QLD Lifestyle Magazine, Australia,
Pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity, the 2006 Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic with lots of lively, penetrating fruit characters. A concentration of assertive passion fruit and tropical fruit flavours with an abundant bouquet, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing. The 2006 growing season is considered to be one of the best growing seasons on record with the fruit showing hallmark acidity.
In a very short time this has become the fastest-growing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brand and a favourite with the Sauvignon Blanc set. Everything Sauvignon Blanc is famous for is here in abundance: the gooseberries, the grassiness, the guava, and oodles of zip, zap and zing. It’s the sort of white wine that is a good drink solo or with smoked salmon or seafood.
Greg Duncan-Powell, Australian Good Taste, Australia,
Citrus skin, herbs, spices and a stony note on the nose. Firmly built and penetrating, with brisk flavors of lemon, minerals and stone. Finishes lively, firm and persistent. Very good value. (88 Points)
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, United States,
Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon has long been one of our most successful wines. For over 10 years our customers have been impressed by the clean fruit intensity and consistent quality of this wine, and the brand goes from strength to strength.
Matt Pym, Majestic Wine Warehouse, United Kingdom,
Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at an attractive price, the 2005 Oyster Bay offers tropical notes on the nose, then turns more citrusy on the palate as peach and melon notes give way to lime and mineral. 87 points.
2005 Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc impressed me with a nearly textbook New Zealand style. It has all the bright citrus aromas and flavours, especially grapefruit and lime, as well as the tart and tangy acidity that are hallmarks of these wines. This is a great warm-weather white, one of the few I’d advise chilling until it’s icy cold before serving it with gazpacho, cracked crab, grilled seafood or as a thirst-slacking aperitif.
Richard Kinssies, The Seattle Post Intelligencer, United States,
This relative new-comer to the Sauvignon Blanc scene has made a big splash, attracting a loyal following of Blanc devotees. Voted the Top Premium White at this year’s Australian Liquor Industry Awards, this vintage is the best yet. Bursting with all the goodies and gooseberries expected from New Zealand’s Marlborough country, the all important vintage has plenty of zip-zap.
Greg Duncan-Powell, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia,
This lovely wine is just made for summer quaffing. The nose is crammed with tropical/passionfruit aromas and is replicated on the light crisp palate. Flavours of lemon and gooseberries also seep across the tongue. Delicious now with just about anything.
The legions of fans who have made Oyster Bay one of the leading Kiwi brands on the Australian market will be delighted with the latest release. It’s a genuine crowd-pleaser, a bold expression of Marlborough sauvignon boasting fresh passion fruit and tropical fruit flavours with hints of cut grass and citrus.’
Pronounced aroma of green asparagus with gooseberry and grassy herbal and mineral notes. Lively NZ Sauvignon green fruit kicks in on the palate with some sweet tropical notes, crisp acidity and flinty mineral. Classic style.
A classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region. There’s plenty of well-defined and vibrant fruit here, along with the familiar crisp and zesty texture. It’s ideal with grilled fish or seafood with fresh lemon.
You can tell this is a sauvignon blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough district. It’s in a screw cap bottle, as are most self-respecting New Zealand whites. And it has that trademark ‘gooseberry’ flavour of sauvignon blancs from Marlborough…that means grapefruit and green apricot flavours and acids that are crisp enough to make your mouth water. A great wine for shellfish, seafood and light chicken dishes.
This wine from Marlborough in New Zealand seems obvious in its oyster-mating abilities. In fact, this latest vintage has green vegetal, herbal overtones that remind me of raw peas or even seaweed. Forward in personality, it’s crisp with lots of tangy herbaceous lime flavour. If you’re a timid eater of oysters, this is your salvation as it will blanket but not clash with their taste.