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A true Kiwi icon!

This week we bring you one of the most iconic New Zealand producers dating back almost 40 years. This producer has been one the initiators to the great revolution of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.

Always sought after and always one built for the distance.

There is very little Pinot Noir so you’ll need to be quick!

Salud!
Miguel and Jean-Pierre

  • Dry River Craighall Riesling 2017 NZD $56.95NZD $49.95 Martinborough
    “To achieve ripe flavours, soft tannins with an energetic acidity requires rigid vineyard management and multiple stage picking passes. The early picks of ‘clean’ fruit relied on the above and the maximum amount of sunlight ‘harvested’. The denser and more tropical flavours and aromatics depend on longer vineyard hang time, and therefore will be exposed to higher risk due to the changing weather. The result of the 2017 Riesling is nothing short of stunning, and a testament to the hard work by our vineyard team. White peach, ripe floral notes and mineral freshness show a dynamic between power and restraint. Rose’s Lime cordial, hints of nougat with orange and mandarin flesh and fennel and clove spices, would almost suggest this is Pinot Gris. At the same time, it is unmistakably Riesling. A small amount of residual sugar, five grams/litre, offers an appropriate entrance for the tropical fruit like pineapple, and even mango. So much of this wine is texture though. A voluptuous densely packed palate with texture and fruit weight makes a real statement. A friendly acidity salivates and draws the attention to the mid palate. Here, orange and grapefruit rind with citrus fruit dominate their space. The distinct linear acidity builds the palate up to a seamless long finish. Expect this wine to cellar well in a good cellar, best to drink after four to seven years.”
  • Dry River Lovat Gewurztraminer 2017 NZD $56.95NZD $49.95 Martinborough
    “Due to a long “hang” time in the vineyard this year, we see recognisable hallmarks of ripe Gewürztraminer; rose petals, lychee, mandarin and grapefruit rind. Since our aim is to produce a full bodied wine with a high aromatic density, yet a restraint and elegance, we generally make several picks through this vineyard at different ripening times. The last picking pass was with a high portion of Botrytis infected fruit, which is showcased by clover honey, candied ginger, Turkish delight and linalool. With the dense and ripe aromatics on display on the nose, the palate is surprisingly more light weight with a lower residual sugar than usual, 17 grams/litre. The consequence of this is a gentle entrance. However, the wine spreads fast and evenly, covering the complete palate with a friendly and buoyant mouthfeel. Good “housekeeping” is the playful threesome interaction between the fruit weight, the density and acidity. The latter keeps the wine fresh, alive and allows for a long and linear finish. This wine can be enjoyed young, or after five to eight years for added complexity.”
  • Dry River Pinot Gris 2017 NZD $64.95NZD $58.95 Martinborough
    “The defining influences that typify our Pinot Gris are, like always, vineyard related. No irrigation, high exposure to sunshine and small berries contribute and guarantee a base standard of deep concentration, structure and texture. Timing of picking is late, mid- to late April, and for the 2017 vintage the above were fundamental to this aromatic wine and avoided any lingering dilution. The fresh and lively aromatics form an interesting mix, where balance and restraint are key fundamentals of this wine. This year the wild flowers form the lively aspect and are the most noticeable, apple and orange blossoms provide the fresh characteristics. The nose is further filled with crushed apple, golden kiwi fruit and nashi pear. We were able to reduce the residual sugar levels for this vintage, this assists the refined palate in showing a little more minerality. As for the nose, the palate shows dense and transparent flavours of stone fruit and peach, with a gracious and unpretentious attitude. Part of the wine has been matured in French oak for 10 months, on lees. This helped to accentuate the length of the wine and bring more charm to the textural elements and pave a path for the fruit to shine. We predict this wine to evolve for the next three to five years and bring drinking pleasure for several years to follow.”
  • Dry River Pinot Noir 2016 NZD $96.95NZD $89.95 Martinborough
    “The 2016 vintage was our driest growing year in recent wine cultivation history. Fruit set was above average, and combined with good heat accumulation the resulting wine certainly shows ample concentration. Care was exercised in maintaining yield, approximately four tonnes/ha, and vigilant winegrowing techniques enabled ripening of what I consider to be a classic and refined Dry River Pinot Noir. Immediately red currant, strawberries and plum fruit deliver an aromatic hit. Though primary red fruit are visibly dominant, there is more to be found; Christmas spices, rosehip and floral notes like lilies and freshly cut hay are the more obvious characters that we see. The supporting role of the oak intensifies the underlying tobacco and caramel notes. The palate shows a youthful intensity with a tendency to speak with great clarity. However, another more serene voice commands the fruit to spread out and surrender to the maze of tannins and juicy acidity that ascends from underneath. They bring a degree of order and longevity through their ripe phenolic compounds. The restrained power and silky, linear tannins are strikingly intricate and invite further examination. Like most of our Pinot noirs, the 2016 wine requires three to five years additional evolution for optimum drinking pleasure.”

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