Dry River ‘The Twelve Spies’ Martinborough 2017

Blended Red from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 07-Dec-2018
Even, dark ruby-red colour with slight purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is fragrant with well-concentrated and softly harmonious, integrated aromas of dark-red and black cherry fruit melded with dark herbs, a little earthy detail and subtle notes of spice, revealing nuances of violet florals. Medium-bodied, the palate is fresh and gently vibrant with flavours of dark-red cherry and berry fruit, layered with notes of raspberries and hints of plum, with dark herbs and subtle, savoury earthy elements. The fruit unfolds a delicate red floral lift, adding to the palate vitality. The fruit forms an elegantly concentrated heart, supported by fine, grainy tannin structure and grip, with balanced lacy acidity. The wine carries to an elegant finish. This is a gently vibrant Pinot Noir-based blend with detailed dark red and black cherried fruit along with raspberry, herb and earthy interest on a fine-grained, tight finish. Match with wild duck and pork, beef and lamb over the next 4-5 years. A blend of 50% Pinot Noir, new propagated material, with some fruit from ‘Craighall’, 25% Tempranillo and 25% co-fermented Syrah and Viognier, the latter approx. 2%, indigenous yeast fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 12 months in oak, 20% new for Pinot Noir and Syrah, all seasoned for the Tempranillo. 18.0-/20 Dec 2018 RRP $65.00

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