Dry River took its simple but evocative name from an historic sheep station that used to exist a few kilometres away on the dry, wandering river plains between Martinborough and lake Wairarapa. Planted by the visionary Neil and Dawn McCallum in 1979 - a good few years ahead of ‘old hand’ Alan Limmer in Gimblett Gravels - Dry River were not only ahead of the curve but can these days speak meaningfully about the old vine presence and impact on the estate’s production. With an approach and culture that feels quite European, Dry River are interested in sustainability and minimal intervention - especially in the winery - but always with a reasoned eye for what is pragmatic and particular to their terroir. Eschewing the Kiwi obsession with varietal flavour-making and wines to drink now, Dry River focus their impressive resources on the simple but complex task of producing and preserving true physiological ripeness, in this way making wines of extreme quality and balance that are often approachable young but reach their true expression after some years in cellar.
What The Critics Say
97/100 Bob Campbell
"Intense and powerful Pinot Noir with ripe cherry, plum, floral and spice flavours. A taut and complex wine that promises to age extremely well. Very pure and very varietal. This is a seriously good Pinot Noir that needs time to demonstrate its true potential. 20/1/2013. "
97/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This wine has a long way to go, yet it shows early charm as well, displaying dark cherry, blueberry, game and floral aromas. The palate is superbly concentrated and velvety with exceptional focus, leading to an extremely long, fine finish backed by plenty of polished tannins. Very, very impressive. At its best: 2016 to 2026. $83.50. 13%. Natural cork. June 2013." Drink 2016 - 2026
95/100 James Suckling, also 95/100 The Wine Front
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