Dry River ‘Dry River Estate’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 23-Jun-2015
Full, even, very dark, black-red colour with ruby hues in the rim. The nose is elegantly proportioned with rich and deeply layered aromas of ripe black berried and dark red plummy fruits harmoniously melded with savoury dried herb, stalk and undergrowth whole cluster complexities. This has a deep core that grows in density, unfolding black cherry, mineral, game and balsamic detail with aeration. Medium-bodied, the palate features rich, plush, juicy and succulent flavours of soft red berry fruits, black cherries and savoury plums interwoven with dried herb and stalk whole cluster complexities. Nuances of soy and balsam add to the interest. The mouthfeel is seamless and smooth, with a satin-like flow, the fruit guided by very fine-grained tannins. The acidity is discreet, lending subtle vitality and energy. The wine has an underlying firm and driven core and line that leads to a rich, vibrant and concentrated, lingering finish. This is a complex-flavoured, succulently rich and seamless Pinot Noir with great density and depth. Match with roasted game meat dishes over the next 7-9+ years. Clone 5 and 10/5 fruit from the original ‘Dry River Estate’ from vines on Scott Henry trellising established in 1979, picked at 22.5° Brix at 4 tonnes/ha, fermented with inoculated yeast and 55% whole clusters to 13.0% alc., the wine spending 14 days on skins and aged 12 months in 35% new 300-350 L French oak barrels. 712 bottles made. 19.5-/20 Jun 2015 RRP $125.00

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