Dry River

Martinborough Pinot Noir

9.184 ratings
9.220 pro ratings
Martinborough, Wairarapa, North Island, New Zealand
Pinot Noir
Top Notes For
Bob McDonald

Consistent notes with July 6 2019. Closed nose - on the palate not particularly Pinot Noir. Dense and blocky on the palate - square sided I said last time. Not sure if this needs more time or that’s how it is. Jancis’s window is to 2020. Maybe I will leave drinking the last one for another 2 to 3 years to see what happens. Overall disappointing for a $100 Pinot Noir from this quality producer. Had a stunning Pinot Gris from Dry River a few days ago.

Consistent notes with July 6 2019. Closed nose - on the palate not particularly Pinot Noir. Dense and blocky on the palate - square sided I said last time. Not sure if this needs more time or that’s how it is. Jancis’s window is to 2020. Maybe I will leave drinking the last one for another 2 to 3 years to see what happens. Overall disappointing for a $100 Pinot Noir from this quality producer. Had a stunning Pinot Gris from Dry River a few days ago.

Dec 20th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Quite dark ruby in colour. Earthy aromas with morello cherries. On the palate still quite solid lacking nuance and complexity. I disagree with JRs drinking window to 2020. This was my 4th of 6 purchased and they have all been a bit 4 Square. I will leave the last 2 for a few years. After a couple of hours in the decanter more beetroot and root vegetable aromas. Not good value for money IMO at nearly $100.

Quite dark ruby in colour. Earthy aromas with morello cherries. On the palate still quite solid lacking nuance and complexity. I disagree with JRs drinking window to 2020. This was my 4th of 6 purchased and they have all been a bit 4 Square. I will leave the last 2 for a few years. After a couple of hours in the decanter more beetroot and root vegetable aromas. Not good value for money IMO at nearly $100.

Jul 5th, 2019
Bob McDonald

Beautiful fragrant perfume with hints of violets like a Premier or Grand Cru from Vosne Romanee. Fantastic texture with supple tannins and earthy forest floor notes. One of those wines where you need to drink the first one at 10 years of age. I had my first of these almost 2 years ago and it was still closed with hints of what was to come. When it comes to New Zealand Pinots I prefer Martinborough in the North Island to Central Otago in the South. Canterbury also have some excellent producers in the South Island.

Beautiful fragrant perfume with hints of violets like a Premier or Grand Cru from Vosne Romanee. Fantastic texture with supple tannins and earthy forest floor notes. One of those wines where you need to drink the first one at 10 years of age. I had my first of these almost 2 years ago and it was still closed with hints of what was to come. When it comes to New Zealand Pinots I prefer Martinborough in the North Island to Central Otago in the South. Canterbury also have some excellent producers in the South Island.

Mar 24th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.1

Nose of, blackberries, dark cherries, pouched strawberries. touch of black licorice, dust of crushed rocks and decayed red floral bouquet. Fruits are darker, richer, fuller, more extracted than the previous ones from Central Otago. Fruits on the palate match the nose with more tannins structure, medium spice, nice dark floats, a little leather, slight touch of dry stems and high acid fruit driven finish. Photos of "The Winery" Queenstown.

Nose of, blackberries, dark cherries, pouched strawberries. touch of black licorice, dust of crushed rocks and decayed red floral bouquet. Fruits are darker, richer, fuller, more extracted than the previous ones from Central Otago. Fruits on the palate match the nose with more tannins structure, medium spice, nice dark floats, a little leather, slight touch of dry stems and high acid fruit driven finish. Photos of "The Winery" Queenstown.

Apr 17th, 2017
Trevor Maskell

Beautiful wine but not what you'd expect from Martinborough Pinot. More Syrah like on the nose, with black fruits and kirsch. Almost liquorice undertones. Palate is very sensual and soft, velvet like and beautifully balanced. Seriously good wine but not really Pinoty.

Beautiful wine but not what you'd expect from Martinborough Pinot. More Syrah like on the nose, with black fruits and kirsch. Almost liquorice undertones. Palate is very sensual and soft, velvet like and beautifully balanced. Seriously good wine but not really Pinoty.

Dec 11th, 2016
Amanda Yallop

My favourite Dry River to date, pretty florals, dense red and blue berries, fruit appears cleaner and fresher than usual.

My favourite Dry River to date, pretty florals, dense red and blue berries, fruit appears cleaner and fresher than usual.

Oct 4th, 2016
Jonathan Udkow

Import & Logistics, CA Sales Manager Pacific Prime WIne

9.2

Wow. Very interesting nose. Almost cotton candy, red fruit, bit of portyness on the nose. Palette is expressive and a bit raisiny but not sweet. Finish highlights red and black very ripe fruit. One of the more interesting Martinborough PNs I've had

Wow. Very interesting nose. Almost cotton candy, red fruit, bit of portyness on the nose. Palette is expressive and a bit raisiny but not sweet. Finish highlights red and black very ripe fruit. One of the more interesting Martinborough PNs I've had

Feb 10th, 2016
Yotam Sharon

Consulting Winemaker Gvaot, Miles, Alona; Blogger yotamsharon.com

8.8

Even after decanting, this was tight as a fist. Good minerality and Pinot fruit evident, a strong backbone of tannins and acidity, but needs time.

Even after decanting, this was tight as a fist. Good minerality and Pinot fruit evident, a strong backbone of tannins and acidity, but needs time.

Oct 30th, 2015
Luke Nio

Nostalgic and funky

Nostalgic and funky

Apr 25th, 2015
Nicholas Keeler

This precious gem began with floral dark fruit aromatics fine tannin fruit forward love and evolved within an hour to supple blackberry confection currant jam folded space to spice from Arakkis

This precious gem began with floral dark fruit aromatics fine tannin fruit forward love and evolved within an hour to supple blackberry confection currant jam folded space to spice from Arakkis

Mar 9th, 2015