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Dry River

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Dry River

  • About

    Dry River vineyard was established in 1979 by Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum. In 2003 the vineyard and winery were sold to Julian Robertson and Reg Oliver with Neil staying at the helm as Chief Winemaker until his retirement in 2011. The name Dry River was that of one of the earliest South Wairarapa sheep stations. Although their vines are planted several kilometres away on the northern boundary of the Martinborough township, Dry River aptly describes the very arid, gravely and free-draining site. The first wines, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris were bottled in 1984 and Dry River has since developed a reputation as one of New Zealand’s most iconic pioneering wineries. Their goal is to produce wines of optimal phenolic ripeness with ripe fruit flavours and modest alcohol levels that faithfully reflect the site and vintage. The approach to winemaking is to preserve rather than enhance. Minimal movements of the young wine, low levels of new oak barrels and a cool cellar environment assist the transition from vineyard to bottle. Factors leading to a true expression of the vineyard site include no irrigation, old vines and low crop levels. Their claim is to not farm in any particular fashion beyond what they believe is sustainable and optimal for the site. All wines are bottled at an early stage of evolution and reach their potential under a natural cork closure. The wines tend to be slow to evolve in the bottle and as a result of this are long-lived. Visit the Dry River Website

  • Region

    Wairarapa

Wines from this producer

  • Taste
    Stone & citrus peel, spark of intensity, long, complex & vibrant. Ripe & fresh fruit with butter & nectarine
    Eat
    Roasted cod, butter sauce
    Why
    Limited quantities
    Dry River Chardonnay New Zealand White Wine

    2009 Dry River Chardonnay Wairarapa

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  • Taste
    Highly aromatic, quince, lychee, ginger & cinnamon all vying for position. Lusciously textured, sleek & plump
    Eat
    Spicy coconut Laksa
    Why
    Glorious Gewürztraminer
    Dry River Gewürztraminer New Zealand Wine

    2010 Dry River Lovat Gewürztraminer Wairarapa

    £35.20
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  • Taste
    Bright, mid ruby red with a purple tinge. Perfumed, gloriously ripe cherries, sloe, red hedgerow fruits, olive & sweet earthy spice
    Eat
    Lamb, black olives
    Why
    Classy, pure, One of NZ's finest
    Dry River Pinot Noir New Zealand wine

    2010 Dry River Pinot Noir Wairarapa

    £67.00
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  • Taste
    Dense, dark red with violet hues. Ripe brambly fruit, spice, touches of treacle & prune. Balanced pure fruit, perfectly spiced
    Eat
    BBQ venison, chocolate & chilli sauce
    Why
    Highly polished tannins
    Dry River Syrah Red Wine New Zealand

    2010 Dry River Lovat Syrah Wairarapa

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