Dry River Pinot Noir 2008

Martinborough on New Zealand’s north island produces my preferred expression of New Zealand pinot noir.  Having literally heard of Dry River in the hallways, this was a first encounter with this well regarded Martinborough estate.  More premier cru than grand cru in style, it proved an enjoyable wine.  Its aromatics remind of black cherry, cedar and earth.  Anise too.  The palate is medium bodied with a textured depth to it of cherry, earth and cedar characters.  The finish is quite long, and the overall impression elegant.

Rating: Very Good
Abv: 12.5%
Price: $120
Vendors and website: http://dryriver.co.nz
Tasted: 2015

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