Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 02-Oct-2015
Very dark, deep ruby-red with a dark heart, a little lighter on the rim. This has a full, open nose of dark red berry fruit, quite fulsome, rounded and voluminous. Soft layers of plum and subtle herb detail, showing balance and integration, already coming together. Medium-full bodied, full, round and more up-front, with sweet, dark red berry fruits lifted with florals, a little plum, the textures softening, but still with plenty of fruit weight and extract, plenty of structure and grip too. The acidity soft, and the flavours and mouthfeel recede a little on the finish. Ripe, rich, upfront, and with layers of herb and savoury detail, and now very accessible. 18.5+/20 Sep 2015 RRP $N/A Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, youthful in appearance. The bouquet is very refined, elegant and tightly bound, slowly releasing aromas of black and dark red berry fruits, black cherries and violetty florals, along with attractive nuances of spicy oak. This has fragrance and lovely balance. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegant in proportion with succulently ripe flavours of black cherries, dark plums and floral elements. The tannin extraction is very fine-grained and along with soft acidity, the mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and seamless. This has lovely harmony and the flavours flow effortlessly to a very long, dry finish with spicy plum and berry fruit notes. This is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir with harmony and class. Serve with poultry, pork and veal, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 6-8+ years. Clones 5, 10/5 and some Dijon clones from the ‘Dry River Estate’, ‘Craighall’ and ‘Lovat’ sites, with whole bunch inclusion from 0-40%, averaging 20% fermented to 13.1% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new oak, of which 75% was in 300 L and 350 L hogsheads. 18.5+/20 Apr 2013 RRP $83.50 Clones 5, 10/5 and some Dijon clones from the ‘Dry River Estate', ‘Craighall' and ‘Lovat' sites, with whole bunch inclusion from 0-40%, averaging 20% fermented to 13.1% alc., the wine aged 12 months in 20% new oak, of which 75% was in 300 L and 350 L hogsheads. Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour. The nose is tight and firmly concentrated with a complex melange of black berry and cherry fruits, dark raspberries with lifted violet perfumes and nuances of dark herbs and earthy elements. Medium-full bodied, full, rounded and softly succulent flavours of black cherries and raspberries are interwoven with oak spices, herbs and minerals. The acidity is soft and adds poise and background freshness, and the tannins silky in texture. The palate flows very smoothly, with the structure and extraction building on mid-palate, carrying the flavours to a very long, sustained, dry but floral nuanced finish. This is a dark berry fruited Pinot Noir with smooth and fine textures that build in substance. Serve with Asian duck and pork dishes over the next 5-6+ years. 18.5/20 Dec 2012 RRP $TBA

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