Dry River Pinot Noir 2018

Martinborough | $99

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.

We expect this wine to gain further interest over the next ten years.

Please note this wine has been un-fined and unfiltered in order to safeguard aromatics and structure. Therefore, a deposit might form in the bottom of the bottle.

Dry River Wines – Tasting Notes

REVIEWS:              “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.”

94/100 Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review, July 2020 

Dry River Wines


Our goal is to produce wines of optimal phenolic ripeness with ripe fruit flavours and modest alcohol levels that faithfully reflect the site and vintage.

Our approach to winemaking is to preserve rather than enhance. Minimal movements of the young wine, low levels of new oak barrels and a cool cellar environment assist the transition from vineyard to bottle.

All wines are bottled at an early stage of evolution and reach their potential under a natural cork closure. Our wines tend to be slow to evolve in the bottle but as a result of this, are long-lived.

Dry River Pinot Noir 2018

Martinborough | $99

$99 inc. GST

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