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2017 Dry River Pinot Noir

Martinborough, NZ

Powerhouse Pinot for the cellar from one of NZ's icon producers. 95+ points, Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

HIGH SCORE

$120.00

About

About The Wine

Dry River is one of the premier producers of Pinot Noir in New Zealand.

This, their iconic estate release, is one of the country's most collectable and bankable Pinot Noir wines. It's a concentrated (in the context of Pinot Noir), robust wine that is made to cellar.

From a biodynamic farm established in 1979, this regional icon remains at the front of the pack for New Zealand's top wine producers.

About Dry River

The name Dry River carries an historical significance as the name of one of the earliest Wairarapa sheep stations (ca. 1877). This was later sold off by the Seddon government and renamed Dyerville, leaving the renamed Waihora River (circa 1900) and the renamed Dyerville Rd (1994) - both after Dry River - as the only reminders of this part of our pastoral farming history

In 1979 Neil and Dawn McCallum planted a vineyard a few kilometres from Dyerville in a very dry, gravely and free-draining area now called the 'Martinborough Terrace' and they took the name Dry River for the vineyard and wines in what was to become another chapter of Martinborough's farming history. Their dream was to produce individual, high quality regional wines which faithfully reflect the 'terroir', vintage and are suitable for cellaring.

Dry River team
Dry River team
Martinborough, NZ
Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2017 growing conditions were nearly identical to the 2014 vintage, in numbers. The flowering conditions were sub-optimal, which caused some patchy fruit set and lowered the potential yield. This might have been a blessing since in the second half of the summer we experienced lower sunshine hours due to continuous cloud cover, and higher winds, which subsequently slowed down ripening conditions.

The presence of adequate heat, but a lack of sunshine (UV-light) brings out previously un-seen characters in our Dry River Pinot noir. We usually utilise sunlight to our advantage to benefit both tannin and aromatic accumulation. Provided we pick at their peak, we can gently extract these characters during fermentation. This year we had to delay picking by seven to ten days and thus had to work a little harder to extract the desired components in the winery, resulting in a more approachable, sappy rich wine, full of flavour.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 12.50%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

"The nose is very attractive, with a perfume-like finesse and a lighter than usual appearance. A fresh, complex and floral nose shows Christmas lilies, violets and honeysuckle. There are the hallmark, darker Dry River characters of fruit of the forest, plum and berry compote, mixed with a gentle touch of oak. Upon first approach the wine is soft and broad, with ripe, almost sweet fruit characters on the front of the palate. The intricate and round tannins have a mature presence with seamless integrated oak, something we would normally only see after two to three years. Towards the mid palate the wine is gaining power with a dynamic force, presumably a combination of the fruit and tannin density, governed through a radiant acidity. The structured finish is long and abundant in fruit, lingering to ponder the interest in the typicity of the vintage." - Dry River

95Points
The Wine Front

"Slightly peppery, but also deliciously floral and inviting, with a mix of red and black fruits, and what might be called a strong, gently earthy ferrous thing going on. It’s pure and clean, the acidity pitch-perfect, fine white pepper tannin, energy and clarity, and a long stony finish with wafts of perfume trailing. It’s the quiet ones you have to watch…" - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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