Wine of the Week

Dry River 2014 Pinot Noir, Martinborough $90

An intense, velvety Pinot Noir, with strong sweet cherry, Oriental spices, plum, violet and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine in a style that often attracts criticism for being too big and lacking varietal identity, but you only need to taste this wine after a decade in bottle to begin to appreciate its wonderful potential and true varietal character. Deliciously approachable now but much better later. (Cork)

Score: 98 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 13.5%

Aging: now-2025

Food match: Lamb cutlets, roast peppers, red onion, capers, agro dolce

Stockists: Caro’s Wines, Auckland; Regional Wines, Wellington

Ranked #2 of 17 2014 Pinot Noir tasted from Martinborough

Price Benchmark: $76.00 Avg 98pt 2014 Pinot Noir tasted from New Zealand

Winery Rating: 98.2 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

Price Rating Map & Vintage Chart: How does this wine fit into the winery’s range?

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