Dry River Pinot Noir 2013 - Martinborough, New Zealand
99/100 - Bob Campbell
98/100 - Sam Kim
19+/20 - Raymond Chan
Decanter 'Top Pinot Noir' (2016 vintage)
Sam Kim "This is exceptional...The wine whispers yet the message is crystal clear, persistent and immensely seductive. Elegant aromas of red/black cherry, floral, clove and hints of dried herb and almond lead to a concentrated palate that is focused, flowing and silky. Outstanding fruit purity with nuances of spicy, savoury complexity. And the rounded, mouth-coating mouthfeel is awesome. "
Bob Campbell "Clearly a very complex wine... I particularly like the wine’s silken texture and almost chewy body. It must surely rate as one of Dry River’s best ever Pinot Noir vintages...Ripe, dense and fairly deep-coloured Pinot Noir with dark-fleshed plum, dark cherry, violet and liquorice flavours plus a hint of rhubarb on the aroma. "
Wine Enthusiast "Intense and astringent, it packs layers of dusty black-cherry fruit into a tightly coiled frame."
Raymond Chan "Dark, deep ruby-red colour with purple hues, a little lighter on the rim. The nose is very fine and elegantly concentrated with deep and intense aromas of ripe black and dark-red berry and cherry fruits, along with spices and violet florals, and subtle herb complexities. This is very refined in expression and shows lovely depth. Medium-bodied, richly concentrated and with lively, bright, vibrant and youthful primary fruit flavours, this shows dark-red berry fruit with raspberry liqueur, black cherries spices herbs and subtle savoury stalk suggestions. The fruit is supported by very fine-grained tannin structure, tightly bound and the mouthfeel enlivened by fresh acidity. The tannins carry the flavours on the very long finish. This is extremely tight and concentrated, with great linearity of primary flavours."
Jancis Robinson "Heralded as a vintage of the century – the first drought year. Deep crimson. Lovely scent and tertiary aromas at last! Juicy fruit and still a vein of austerity but overall very impressive."
The Prince of Pinot (William Gaffney) "Utterly amazing intense and saturating sun-kissed flavors of plums, blackberries, and currants with a savory, woodsy undertone and a hint of tangerine peel on the extremely long finish. Easy to mistake for a young Grand Cru Burgundy with the biggest tip-off being the amazing persistence at the end. Beautifully balanced for the long haul. Still exceptional the next day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle displaying more softness and harmony. A truly unique wine of great distinction that stands out from the crowd." (2006 vintage)
The Prince of Pinot (William Gaffney) "There is nothing else quite like Dry River Pinot Noir in New Zealand, or even in the World for that matter."
Dry River is one of New Zealand’s most iconic pioneering wineries, established in 1979 by Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum considered amongst New Zealand's best vignerons. The combination of low yields, non-irrigated vines, organic vineyard techniques and a desire to make long-lived wines are at the forefront of this esteemed winery.
Decanter "Dry River is Martinborough's first vineyard, planted in 1979, has been owned by Julian Robertson, the man behind New Zealand's most exclusive golf resorts. The viticulture and viniculture here are different to their neighbours on the Puruatanga Road: they practise extreme leaf plucking in the vineyard, no post-fermentation maceration in the winery, and no racking in the barrel. The aim is for gentle, phenolic extraction and long-lived wine - and it seems to work."
Wine Enthusiasts Magazine "With his small, youthful team, Lam now makes ultra-premium Pinot, among other wines, from three estate-grown, organically farmed and unirrigated plots: Dry River Estate, Craighall Vineyards and Lovat Vineyard. Each site imparts specific characteristics to the wines while still maintaining a distinctive winery style. Through exacting viticulture and winemaking techniques, the team crafts small-batch, precise wines that may be slow to evolve, and perhaps even a little austere when young, but will morph into elegant and refined beauties with 10 years or more in the cellar."
Martinborough is a wine-producing area in the southern part of New Zealand's North Island. The small town and surrounding district are home to around 1,500 residents and some of New Zealand's most highly respected boutique wineries. Martinborough's cool climate and excellent soils are perfect for the production of balanced, elegant wines made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Martinborough lies around 55km north-east of Wellington in a wide river valley between the Rimutaka mountain range and the eastern Wairarapa hills. Despite the fact that Martinborough has only three per cent of all of New Zealand's vineyard land, it is still widely considered to be one of the country's prime wine regions. Its claim to fame is the exceptional quality of its Pinot Noir wines, produced by some of the most highly regarded wineries in New Zealand. The style of this wine is regarded to be more complex than its counterparts from Central Otago.
Pinot Noir is the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now produced in wine regions all over the world, including western Germany, northern Italy, Chile, South Africa, Australia and, perhaps most notably, California, Oregon and New Zealand.
The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of strawberry and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples), underpinned in the most complex examples by hints of the forest floor. Well-built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, also exhibits notes of leather and violets, sometimes approaching the flavor spectrum of Syrah.