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2020 Dry River Chardonnay

Martinborough, NZ

Tense, chalky premium Chardonnay from legends at Dry River. A beautiful, scintillating wine.

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$115.00

4.0
Rated 4.0 stars
1 Review
About
A powerful wine with impressive purity.

Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

About The Wine

Dry River Chardonnays can be big, structured wines that almost always need extended time in bottle before approaching. This release is starting to emerge like a powerful butterfly.

Vibrant white flower blossoms, lemon and grapefruit flavours are fully on show, along with some creamy, lightly spicy oak.

Some nutty, chalky notes on the nose, plus some initial struck-match aromas. This is an ageworthy Chardonnay of definition and class, and rarity.

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

Over the last few years, we have embarked on a mission to bring more generosity and mouthfeel with this wine, through the introduction of malolactic fermentation and increased time in barrel and on lees.

We are very pleased with the direction we are heading in, though the wine remains one of clarity, precision and purity.

Enjoy now, or let it develop in your cellar for another five to eight years.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2032
Bottle Size : 750ml

Dry River vineyard
Dry River vineyard
Martinborough, NZ
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
The Real Review

"Quite an exotic chardonnay with concentrated flavours including tropical fruit, mango, mandarin zest, peach, spice and anise. Delicious, complex wine that is accessible now but has a promising future. A powerful wine with impressive purity" - Bob Campbell (The Real Review)

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    Rated 4 stars
    1 year ago
    Kiwi Puligny

    More Burgundian than most Australian. Clean pure fruit on nose. Not too fat or austere on palate - again fruit purity. Balance and poise throughout. All the elements in their place without being vulgar, overpowering or pretentious. Just lacking power to be a grand cru.

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