2018 Dry River Pinot Noir Martinborough (Previously $90)

SKU #1563027 97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark One of the most charming and gentle expressions of Martinborough Pinot Noir you'll find, with its depth of fruit akin to holding a heavy ball in the palm of your hand, such is its midpalate weight. There's an abundance of tannins, but they are as resolved as tannins get, lightly coating the palate. The fruit was picked a little earlier than usual due to the warmth of the season in a bid to preserve tension and also keep the alcohol level at a very reasonable 13%. The acidity provides freshness and precision, giving the wine length and shape. While primary fruit is not front and center, on the finish it blossoms, offering cherries, cinnamon and clove spice. A very complete wine. (RG) Inner quote mark (3/2021)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark A very complex nose with plenty of forest-floor and leafy aromas across red cherries, herbs and spiced-woody notes. The palate has a very plush and open-knit feel with fresh red cherries and bright, zesty acidity. Neat and fresh. Inner quote mark (12/2020)

K&L Notes

#60 on James Suckling's Top 100 Wines of New Zealand 2021

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By: Dejah Overby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/25/2022 | Send Email
This Dry River Pinot Noir resembles that of Burgundian-styled Pinot Noirs from Volnay. It has a delicately perfumed nose that unlocks when you introduce air. It opens up and expresses its underbelly of savory tones more. There is a gravely soiled aspect present, then shows cloves, hibiscus, black cherry, and dried herbs of thyme and marjoram. The surrounding texture of this wine has a dried red berry consistency of cranberries and ripe pomegranates that aids in the lasting lengthily finish. This is a regal wine showcasing the best of Martinborough Pinot Noirs that is drinkable now but could be held for 5+ years for more complex and expressive flavors.

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