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
93/100 Cameron Douglas MS
"Ripe, distinctive and alluring bouquet of Riesling with apples and lemon, pears and white flowers, honeysuckle and citrus peel. On the palate - an off dry wine with just a gentle tease of residual sugar, flavours of fruits and citrus peel mirror the nose contrasted by acidity. The texture is silky and smooth, persistent and long. Generous and fleshy, youthful and ripe. Ready to enjoy upon purchase, but will also age." Drink 2020 - 2025+
95/100 Bob Campbell
"Crisp, dry riesling with citrus, lime, orange, oyster shell, mineral and a suggestion of apricot. An attractive wine with impressive purity and underlying power. I'm happy to enjoy it now but expect that it will age beautifully 19/4/2019."
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