Dry River Pinot Noir 2018

77,50 CHF - 78,50 CHF

104,67 CHF pro Liter

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Outstanding Pinot Noir from one of New Zealand's finest wineries. Awarded "Fine Wine of New Zealand".


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Dry River Pinot Noir 2018


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018VINOUS - Rebecca Gibb MW: 97/100. One of the most charming and gentle expressions of Martinborough Pinot Noir you'll find, with its depth of fruit akin to holding a heavy ball in the palm of your hand, such is its midpalate weight. There's an abundance of tannins, but they are as resolved as tannins get, lightly coating the palate. The fruit was picked a little earlier than usual due to the warmth of the season in a bid to preserve tension and also keep the alcohol level at a very reasonable 13%. The acidity provides freshness and precision, giving the wine length and shape. While primary fruit is not front and center, on the finish it blossoms, offering cherries, cinnamon and clove spice. A very complete wine. Drinking window: 2021-2030.


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018Cameron Douglas MS: 95/100.  Smoky, savoury, lots of pure red berry fruits aromas, clove and baking spices, roses and silty soil scents; complex. On the palate - flavours of plums and raspberry, macerated cherry and roses. Layers of new oak and baking spices begin to weave through the palate with medium+ chalky textured tannins, medium+ acidity and a youthful core of energy. Well made, classic Dry River, very youthful and quite complex, lengthy detailed finish, a delight to taste. Decant for service or wait till 2022 and through 2026+ to enjoy at its best.


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018Winestate: 5 stars & Best Wines of 2020.


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com): 94/100. A very complex nose with plenty of forest-floor and leafy aromas across red cherries, herbs and spiced-woody notes. The palate has a very plush and open-knit feel with fresh red cherries and bright, zesty acidity. Neat and fresh. Drink or hold.


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018” width=Bob Campbell, MW (The Real Review): 94/100. Bright, high-energy and slightly edgy pinot noir with dark cherry, violet, raspberry, fresh herb, anise and spice flavours. A firmly-structured red with a backbone of peppery tannins that are locking in flavour at this early stage but suggest a promising future.


Air New Zealand fine winesAir New Zealand - Fine Wines of New Zealand 2020The Criteria: World-class quality and consistency - a high barrier to inclusion consisting of wine quality, wine pedigree and longevity. A wine that can truly stand the test of time as a world-class example of New Zealand's finest wine. The result of an annual search, it is curated by six of New Zealand's leading wine experts — Masters of Wine Alastair Maling, Michael Brajkovich, Sam Harrop, Simon Nash and Steve Smith along with Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas.


Review Dry River Pinot Noir 2018Michael Cooper: 5 stars. Dark and densely flavoured, this Martinborough red ranks among New Zealand’s greatest Pinot Noirs. It is grown in three company-owned vineyards – Dry River Estate, Craighall and Lovat – on the Martinborough Terrace, and most of the vines are over 20 years old. Matured for a year in French oak hogsheads (20 to 30 per cent new), it is a slower-developing wine than other New Zealand Pinot Noirs, but matures superbly. The 2018 vintage (5*) is an elegant, very youthful red, deep ruby, with a finely scented bouquet. Full of potential, it has deep cherry, plum and spice flavours, a hint of tamarillo, savoury notes adding complexity, fresh acidity and a very harmonious, persistent finish. Open 2023+.


Tasting Note

There is a light charred oak note present, easily confused with toasted almonds. Flowery scents like cherry blossom, violets and Christmas lilies are combined with plums, boysenberry and liquorice. Immediately the nose reveals this to be a serious wine: very coherent with rapidly expanding boundaries bringing aromatic volume.

The palate, too, has an escalating horizon and an inflating edge; it's simply delicious, with well-rounded tannins. Initially there is a juicy, plush elegance, with the tannins claiming a more authoritative and luxurious presence, showing off its class and flamboyance. The mid-palate brings the wine back to earth with a grounding acidity that reigns the wine in again without overpowering the fruit weight. It is just enough to bring life again to the floral and lighter fruit aromatics, to highlight the central core and to show the length and smooth finish on the back palate. This is a thought-provoking wine that occupies all spaces and has aroused our excitement tremendously.

Aromas and flavours:

Aromen Dry River Pinot Noir 2018: GewürzeAromen Dry River Pinot Noir 2018: VeilchenAromen Dry River Pinot Noir 2018: dunkle KirscheAromen Dry River Pinot Noir 2018: dunkle BeerenAromen Dry River Pinot Noir 2018: Pflaumen


Additional information

Type: red wine

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13% vol

Residual sugar: <2 g/l

Bottle size: 0.75l

Food match: Match with duck, pork, beef and lamb roast.

Notice: contains sulfite

Vineyard: 'Dry River Estate', 'Lovat' and 'Craighall' sites, Martinborough, New Zealand.

Winemaking: Indigenous yeast fermented with 35% whole clusters, the wine aged 12 months in 15% new 300 L and 350 L hogsheads.

Cellaring potential: 2028+

Closure: Cork

Serving: Serve Pinot Noir at 16 - 18°C, that is slightly cooler than a typical room temperature, to best enjoy the layers of aroma and flavour as the wine slowly warms in the glass. Decanting an hour or so before serving is worthwhile, especially for young and/or more structured wines.

Produced and bottled: Dry River Wines Limited, P.O Box 72, Martinborough, South Wairarapa, New Zealand

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