Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014

27-Nov-2015
The vignerons in the Martinborough district see 2014 as a favourable vintage, coming after the outstanding 2013 growing season. Wilco Lam at Dry River saw challenges in attaining the optimum balance of phenolic ripeness, full flavours and modest alcohols, which he approached by picking early, starting on 13 March. The 2014 vintage wines are successes and continue the Dry River style of elegance and fruit purity. The reds do not have the richness of the previous vintage, but they are in no way lacking, and indeed have their own beauty and charm in a more textural, sinewy and savoury way. I liked the barrel sample of the 2014 Pinot Noir, presented as approximate blend of the final wine at the Spring Release tasting held in September this year (click here to see my report). The wine has been finished and bottled now, and will be released in the Autumn Release in March next year. Those keen to obtain the wine should take advantage of the en primeur offer price of $72.50 while still active, otherwise they will pay the full price of $83.50 on general release. On tasting it now, I am impressed with its freshness and supple textures. www.dryriver.co.nz

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