2013 Dry River 'Lovat' Martinborough Syrah

2013 Dry River 'Lovat' Martinborough Syrah

2013 Dry River 'Lovat' Martinborough Syrah

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93+ Points
Serious gear, this Syrah from Dry River is on a par with the best. It isn't showy or fruit-driven but, like a Northern Rhone Syrah, elegant, aromatic and remarkably light-bodied (only 12.3% alcohol). Hate to say it but a 'thinking-person's' Kiwi Syrah, a notable and welcome departure from the antipodean notion that Syrah must be grunty to be good. Complex and sophisticated food wine.

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$65.99 in mixed 6+ or $73.99 per bottle




Its Origins

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

95/100 Bob Campbell

"Reasonably dense Syrah, with roasted hazelnut, floral, violet, raspberry and pepper spice flavours. The wine has a good structure of fine tannins, with gentle acidity helping drive a lengthy finish. An elegant and appealing wine with obvious potential "

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Shiraz / Syrah

  • Colour


  • Region

    Martinborough / Wairarapa

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2017- 2023

This Wine Goes Well With

with DUCK
with GAME



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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