I am a Dry River fan. The wines – produced in small quantities and hard to obtain – have all the makings of a cult winery’s offerings, but they are just so consistently delicious. The only criticism in the past has been, from some quarters, that they are just a bit too scientific and controlled. the good news is that Wilco Lam, who has been there since 2009 and winemaker since 2012, is continuing the journey of easing off a little on the control and taking the wines in a slightly more natural direction, without sacrificing the purity and deliciousness.
I’ve always loved the wines, and now I love them even more. This 2012 Pinot is really thrilling, and all those who’ve not really been fans of Dry River Pinot should make and effort to try this. It’s just so good. UK agent is Raeburn.
Dry River Pinot Noir 2012 Martinborough, New Zealand
30% whole bunch. Very fine, expressive, pure red cherry fruit nose showing lovely finesse and fine spiciness. Very fine palate with fresh, taut red cherries. So linear and bright with real purity and firm but fine tannins and keen acidity. Such a great wine, with massive potential for development. 96/100
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