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 (2018 vintage)
"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)"
95/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2018 vintage)
"A powerful, distinctive and exciting bouquet of Chardonnay. Complex and layered with aromas of citrus and sweet vanilla scented oak, white and yellow fleshed orchard fruits, whispers of baking spice and silty stony soil layers. Dry with a gentle creamy texture layered between flavours of yellow citrus peel and stone fruit, apple and oak. The minerality is constant, calm and pure. Medium+ acidity, almost full-bodied, balanced and well made. Drink and or cellar, decant for service with or without food. A delicious wine best enjoyed from today and through 2026."
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