20 August, 2023

Learn how to identify a great Rock Oyster

There are several factors involved in identifying a great Rock Oyster. Given how heavily influenced a Rock Oyster is by its merroir, a great Rock Oyster is the direct result of the amount of food an oyster sees through its lifecycle.

Conversely, the amount the Rock Oyster is worked by the farmer makes a lot of difference – thinning, grading, flipping of bags and altering the growing methods at the right times all have an impact on the result of a Rock Oyster.

The condition of the oyster and yield within the shell is a key indicator of the combination of the perfect growing environment and the farming methods used.

A great Rock Oyster should have a:

  1. High meat to shell ratio

  2. Full reproductive gland

  3. Deep cup

  4. Broad fan shape

  5. Bulging lid

Our Oyster Sommelier looks for oysters with a convex or flat lid and a deep-cupped shell. This usually means the oysters are in peak condition. If, when opened, the oysters have good condition, then the weight of an oyster will be a great guide for picking the best oysters from that batch.

We avoid oysters that are light in weight, with concave lids, shallow cupped, irregularly shaped and of poor condition.

Oysters need to be at 80%+ condition and be mature enough to meet our required criteria to make Appellation grade.

Once harvested, oysters are handled as gently as possible to maximise longevity.