Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir (2018)

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+.


Type: Red Wines
Variety: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2018
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $97 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

Buyer’s Guide Edition: 2021

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2023

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