Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 29-Feb-2012
Very dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is softly full with fine, ethereal, lifted dark violetty perfumes and dark berry fruit aromas along with very subtle herb elements. The ripeness of the fruit for the cool growing season is excellent and the aromatics have beauty. Some oak spices unfold in the glass, adding to the whole berry scents. Medium-bodied and elegant, this has beautifully lush and ripe dark berry and cherry flavours lifted with florals, herbs and oak. This has concentration and proportion, and the tannins are very fine-grained and provide a firm line. The palate has good acid tension and a raciness that offers balance, leading to a long, sustained, sweet fruited and floral finish. Clones 5, 10/5 and some Dijon clones from ‘Dry River Estate' ‘Craighall' and ‘Lovat' sites, 20% whole bunch and fermented to 12.76% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak, around 75% of the barrels in hogshead 300 L and 350 L format. This is a silky and fine-structured Pinot Noir with finesse and succulence. Drink over the next 6-8+ years with duck, pork and moderately flavoured game meat. 19.0/20 Feb 2012 RRP $83.50 Clones 5, 10/5 and some Dijon clones from ‘Dry River Estate' ‘Craighall' and ‘Lovat' sites, 20% whole bunch and fermented to 12.76% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new French oak, around 75% of the barrels in hogshead 300 L and 350 L format. Dark, deepish, purple-hued ruby-red, with youthful purple hues on edge. The nose is fresh and penetrating with aromas of bright, primary, dark cherry and berry fruits with notes of fresh herbs, whole-bunch stalk, and violetty florals. Medium-bodied, this is elegantly presented with bright and youthful fruit flavours of dark red berry fruits infused with savoury herb notes, game and meat nuances with spice and soy sauce elements, still all to come together. The flavours show depth and concentration, with waves of flavour unfolding, and the fresh acidity adding lusciousness to the palate. Fine, supple tannins underline the fruit and carry through to a lengthy, firm finish. This cooler spectrum Pinot Noir has elegance and richness and will integrate and drink well over the next 5-7+ years. 18.0+/20 Feb 2012 RRP $83.50

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