Dry River Pinot Noir 2017 (Martinborough, New Zealand) "...opulent, oriental spice, floral..."
Dry River is one of the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.
This, their iconic estate release, is one of the country's most collectable and bankable Pinot Noir wines. It's a concentrated (in the context of Pinot Noir), robust wine that is made to cellar.
From a biodynamic farm established in 1979, this regional icon remains at the front of the pack for New Zealand's top wine producers.
"The nose is very attractive, with a perfume-like finesse and a lighter than usual appearance. A fresh, complex and floral nose shows Christmas lilies, violets and honeysuckle. There are the hallmark, darker Dry River characters of fruit of the forest, plum and berry compote, mixed with a gentle touch of oak. Upon first approach the wine is soft and broad, with ripe, almost sweet fruit characters on the front of the palate. The intricate and round tannins have a mature presence with seamless integrated oak, something we would normally only see after two to three years. Towards the mid palate the wine is gaining power with a dynamic force, presumably a combination of the fruit and tannin density, governed through a radiant acidity. The structured finish is long and abundant in fruit, lingering to ponder the interest in the typicity of the vintage."