Margrain has earned a massive Advintage following by delivering something extra for followers of fine Martinborough wine. Winemaker Strat Canning has an uncanny ability to squeeze something extra out of each vintage and his wines tend to differ stylistically from the more commercial styles that his peers produce. River's Edge has long been one of our favourite Martinbrough Pinots - a generous, mouthfilling style with up front juicy dark fruits balanced with a line of fresh acidity and svelte tannins. Very classy wine at this price point.
Bright, fresh, high energy pinot noir with red cherry, violet, red rose, anise and spice flavours. The wine shows lovely purity and has an ethereal texture. A distinctive style that's a pleasure to drink.
The winery writes "The wine smiles demurely from the glass sporting a beautiful red-liquorice hue. The nose is led by sweet peach chutney, grilled red capsicum and folded white chocolate. Chewy black current jam, caramelised prune and dried fig give luscious fruity notes while rich Bisto gravy and rubbed totara fire-sticks impart a smoky complexity. Warm pumpkin pie sprinkled liberally with nutmeg fleshes out the nose which finishes with an intriguing earthy aroma like a fragrance by Issey Miyake. The palate is warm and wet and nuzzles up like a dog on the couch during a late night movie. It has a generous mouthfeel and the silky smooth texture of fluffy rabbit hair combined with a zig-zagging tenacity which see-saws across the tongue and needles away like a 2 fingered typist. Rich blackberry dripping from the vine, raspberry drop and blueberry too lend a succulence and compliance which is reined in only slightly by chunky chopped almonds, aubergine skin and notes of a beef shin reduction. Blue chip tannins dance on the spot, jabbing left and right with a long reach while far from the shallow, restrained acidity contributes subtly to a sweet/sour indulgence. Try a glass with a rested but rare fillet of beef on the BBQ."