2015 Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir MAGNUM

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
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A magnum of what may be NZ’s top Pinot? Huge depth and complexity comes from old vines (20+ years), along with tender viticulture and extremely low yields. The sheer fruit depth is layered with undertones of earthy herbs and spice, which cry out for development in bottle but are appealing on release. To drink this is to be in the presence of greatness, with concentration and authenticity that might command twice this price one day.
$195.00 in mixed 6+ or $215.00 per bottle


Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Dry River took its simple but evocative name from an historic sheep station that used to exist a few kilometres away on the dry, wandering river plains between Martinborough and lake Wairarapa. Planted by the visionary Neil and Dawn McCallum in 1979 - a good few years ahead of ‘old hand’ Alan Limmer in Gimblett Gravels - Dry River were not only ahead of the curve but can these days speak meaningfully about the old vine presence and impact on the estate’s production. With an approach and culture that feels quite European, Dry River are interested in sustainability and minimal intervention - especially in the winery - but always with a reasoned eye for what is pragmatic and particular to their terroir. Eschewing the Kiwi obsession with varietal flavour-making and wines to drink now, Dry River focus their impressive resources on the simple but complex task of producing and preserving true physiological ripeness, in this way making wines of extreme quality and balance that are often approachable young but reach their true expression after some years in cellar.

What The Critics Say

97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim

"This exceptional pinot exhibits dark cherry, plum, violet, raspberry coulis and almond characters with nuances of game, vanilla and black olives on the nose. The palate is superbly concentrated and richly fruited, while remaining impeccably poised and structured, and delivers layers of silky texture and delectable flavours. Built for the long haul, the wine offers plenty of youthful charm and promise. At its best: 2019 to 2029. $86.50. www.dryriver.co.nz. April 2017." Drink 2019 - 2029

95/100 Bob Campbell MW

"Intense pinot noir, but rather more elegant than the blockbuster styles I expect from Dry River. Quite tight and youthful with dark berry, Black Doris plum, spice, anise and a generous oak influence. Needs at least a few years in bottle to reveal its true potential. 15 NOV 2016. Drink 2016 - 2024

Variety Pinot Noir
Region Martinborough / Wairarapa
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 13.00%
Maturity 2016 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with DUCK



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