2013 Dry River Pinot Noir Martinborough
Ripe, dense and fairly deep-coloured Pinot Noir with dark-fleshed plum, dark cherry, violet and liquorice flavours plus a hint of rhubarb on the aroma. Clearly a very complex wine that won’t reveal its full potential for a few years yet. I particularly like the wine’s silken texture and almost chewy body. It must surely rate as one of Dry River’s best ever Pinot Noir vintages.
The wine whispers yet the message is crystal clear, persistent and immensely seductive. This is exceptional. Elegant aromas of red/black cherry, floral, clove and hints of dried herb and almond lead to a concentrated palate that is focused, flowing and silky. Outstanding fruit purity with nuances of spicy, savoury complexity. And the rounded, mouth-coating mouthfeel is awesome. Needs time though. At its best: 2018 to 2028.
Dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly concentrated with deep and intense aromas of ripe black and dark-red berry and cherry fruits, along with spices and violet florals, and subtle herb complexities. This is very refined in expression, and shows lovely depth. Medium-bodied, richly concentrated and with lively, bright, vibrant and youthful primary fruit flavours, this shows dark red berry fruit with raspberry liqueur, black cherries spices herbs and subtle savoury stalk suggestions. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure, tightly bound and the mouthfeel enlivened by fresh acidity. The tannins carry the flavours on the very long finish. This is extremely tight and concentrated, with great linearity of primary flavours.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Medium ruby-purple, the 2013 Pinot noir offers notes of mulberries, black raspberries and blackberries with a balsamic, earth and spice box background. Medium-bodied, it is evolving into a lovely stewed tea and savory style with velvety tannins and plenty of freshness carrying through the long spicy finish. (LPB)
As typical for Dry River Pinots, this one is pretty surly in its youth. Intense and astringent, it packs layers of dusty black-cherry fruit into a tightly coiled frame. Try after 2019. (JC)
Dry River is one of the most established, high profile estates in New Zealand. Their wines are highly sought after by collectors around the globe. Their Pinot Noir is one of the most age-worthy, refined styles in the southern hemisphere. Working direct with the property, as we have done since the mid-1990s, we are pleased to offer the new 2013 release. Because of the long K&L-Dry River relationship, we are the first to offer this wine in the US. This wine has achieved massive critical acclaim including a near-perfect 99 point score from Master of Wine Bob Campbell. A small allocation of this stunning Pinot Noir is available on a pre-sale basis. (Ryan Woodhouse, K&L NZ wine buyer)