The new Noir.

OYSTER BAY MARLBOROUGH PINOT NOIR

Aromatic cherry, bright red berry and juicy black plum, with a lingering, smooth and seductive texture.

Our first vintage was coined ‘the elusive stuff of dreams’ by UK wine writer Giles Kime. Intriguingly, the older vines create youthful expressiveness, combined with seductive silky complexity and dark fruit flavours from our vineyards across the Marlborough region. Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir is elegant cool climate Pinot Noir at its best. Fragrant, soft and flavourful with aromas of ripe cherries and sweet fruit tannins that provide structure and length.

Vineyard Locations

The Marlborough region, nestled at the tip of New Zealand’s South Island, enjoys an extended growing season that helps us to create our extraordinary cool climate Pinot Noir. From the first planting in 1973, Marlborough has matured to produce some of New Zealand’s best Pinot Noir. The combination of warm sunny days and cool nights make Marlborough’s climate ideal for growing the famously temperamental grape.

Our Marlborough Vineyard locations:

Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley, Marlborough

Click here to find out more about the Marlborough vineyards producing the seductively silky Oyster Bay Pinot Noir

Winemaking Techniques

For Oyster Bay Pinot Noir, the fruit is picked from selected vineyard blocks to provide blending components and to add more complexity to the wine. The fruit is destemmed and crushed directly into a combination of open and closed top stainless steel fermentation tanks. Following pre-fermentation maceration, the must is inoculated with a range of pure yeast cultures. The open ferment is hand plunged multiple times a day and a small portion of the blend run off to complete fermentation in French oak barriques. After maceration, the wine is pressed off into tank and French oak barriques to complete malolactic fermentation. The wine is then matured for up to 12 months and racked prior to final blending. We’re proud to offer a unique, fruit-forward expression of New Zealand Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir Characteristics

Enjoyed by wine lovers around the world, Oyster Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir expresses aromatic cherry, bright red berries and juicy black plum with a smooth and seductive texture.

 

DOUBLE GOLD
2016 Vintage, SAKURA Japan Women's Wine Awards 2018
GOLD
2016 Vintage, Japan Wine Challenge 2017
DOUBLE GOLD, 95 POINTS
2015 Vintage, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017
90 POINTS
2015 Vintage, Wine Spectator 2017
GOLD
2015 Vintage, TexSom International Wine Competition 2017
GOLD
2015 Vintage, China Wine and Spirits Awards 2017
GOLD MEDAL
2014 Vintage, Cincinnati International Wine Festival Competition 2016
GOLD MEDAL
2013 Vintage, China Wine and Spirits Awards 2016
GOLD MEDAL
2013 Vintage, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Competition 2015
GOLD MEDAL
2013 Vintage, Sydney International Wine Competition 2015
GOLD MEDAL
2013 Vintage, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
91 POINTS
2008 Vintage, Wine Spectator Magazine 2010
GOLD MEDAL
2008 Vintage, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009
GOLD MEDAL
2006 Vintage, San Francisco International Wine Competition 2007
GOLD MEDAL (TOP IN CLASS)
2005 Vintage, Vintage Cellars National Wine Show of Australia 2005
COMPLIMENTARY FLAVOUR
Asian inspired food, soy, smoky flavours, smoked bacon, cherry, cranberry.
PINOT NOIR FOOD MATCHES

Oyster Bay Pinot Noir is a versatile red wine, capable of pairing well with a variety of proteins such as poultry, red meat and fish. Whilst Pinot Noir tends to pair best with lamb and duck, it’s also a great match for rich fish like tuna and salmon. Other classic pairings include:

Cold cut venison salad, mushroom and spinach quiche, mushroom risotto, creamy lobster linguine.