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2018 Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay

2018 Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay

96 Points Bob Campbell MW
2018 Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay
96 Points Bob Campbell MW

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Consistently one of New Zealand's finest and most age-worthy Chardonnays. Mealy stone fruit ands lead a palate that is medium-bodied (not too overbearing) but full of compelling freshness, depth, and concentration. One of our best, the Dry River is built to last -- so thoroughly decant or treasure it for a special occasion in quite a few years to come.

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$58.99 in mixed 6+ or $65.99 per bottle

Overview

Grape

Chardonnay

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

96/100 Bob Campbell

"Typical Dry River intensity with a tautness, complexity and energy that I often find in this wine. A youthful wine with obvious potential. Layers of citrus, stone fruit, toast, hazelnut and subtle spicy flavours with an ethereal texture and very lengthy finish. (Diam)"

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Chardonnay

  • Colour

    White

  • Region

    Martinborough / Wairarapa

  • Closure

    Cork

  • Volume

    750ml

  • Alcohol

    13.00%

  • Maturity

    2019 - 2029

This Wine Goes Well With

with CHICKEN
with FISH
with PORK

Taste

3

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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