2020 Dry River Craighall Martinborough Riesling

94 Points Richard Caro
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Dry, elegant Riesling from a small block of old vines in the Craighall Vineyard. Rigorous hand harvesting in multiple passes has brought a wine of supreme quality and potential. A beautiful lift and freshness run through this delicately ripe wine, with tropical notes wrapped around bright citrus and minerals. Drink soon or cellar a good while, this wine is superb as usual from Dry River.
$49.99 in mixed 6+ or $55.99 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

Winemaker notes on current 2020 vintage

"Riper fruit aromatics like rock melon and yellow plums are mixed with floral notes of white-water lilies and clover, with hints of white tea, lime zest and fennel seed. The palate is equally aromatic with a rich and voluptuous entrance and an immediate involvement of fresh lemon(cello) acidity. It is all “smiles up front and business in the back” for this wine, as the stern acidity and structure move in to dominate the amiable front."

95/100 Bob Campbell MW (2018 vintage)

"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."

93/100 Cameron Douglas MS (2019 vintage)

"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."

Variety Riesling
Region Martinborough / Wairarapa
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 11.50%
Maturity 2021 - 2031

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