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
98/100 Bob Campbell
"An intense, velvety Pinot Noir, with strong sweet cherry, Oriental spices, plum, violet and nutty oak flavours. A powerful wine in a style that often attracts criticism for being too big and lacking varietal identity, but you only need to taste this wine after a decade in bottle to begin to appreciate its wonderful potential and true varietal character. Deliciously approachable now but much better later. 14 JAN 2016. Drink 2016 - 2025
98/100 Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
"This is impeccably composed. Fragrant aromas of dark cherry, blueberry, violet and mixed spice with nuances of game and truffle on the nose. The palate is concentrated and focused, and exhibits awesome weight and roundness, backed by loads of fine tannins. The wine is pristine yet complex, and finishes with sustained delectable flavours. A wonderful expression of the variety, the district and the winemaker. $87.00. www.dryriver.co.nz. April 2016." Drink 2018 - 2026
96/100 Huon Hooke
"Very deep, dark, youthful red/purple, looking more like shiraz than pinot! The palate is big, bold and fairly high in tannin. Age will surely help, but at present it's a bit closed-up. It's a mystery, but I'd like to see it again in a couple of years. The concentration is very typical of this maker 02 DEC 2016." Drink 2018 - 2029
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