2020 Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris

95 Points Richard Caro
In stock
A great Pinot Gris from old and expert hands. While most Kiwi producers were still chasing trends (and getting alcohol and sweetness out of whack), Dry River had already nailed this French kind of balance, producing a wine of rich concentration but moderate alcohol and sweetness. Top shelf, this will knock your socks off tonight... or in a few years' time.
$59.99 in mixed 6+ or $66.99 per bottle


Pinot Gris

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 2019 vintage

"Wet stone, mineral notes and riper characters of kiwi fruit, pears and stone fruit greet the nose. Further complexity is driven by long maturation on lees in old oak barrels, bringing out cashew nuts and a touch of cream and vanilla. The palate is seamless with transparent tannins and densely-packed fruit that brings the focus to middle and finishes effortlessly."

96/100 Bob Campbell (2018 vintage)

"According to my tasting records this is the first Dry River wine that is sealed with a Diam closure. Pure, luscious ripe pear, apricot, a hint of mango, and a seasoning of spice and ginger. An impressively concentrated wine that reinforces Dry River's status as New Zealand's top pinot gris maker. 19/4/2019."

Variety Pinot Gris
Region Martinborough
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.00%
Maturity 2021 - 2026

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