Wine Of The Week NZ

dry-river-chardonnay-2015Dry River Chardonnay 2015, Martinborough, NZD $67

Youthful chardonnay with mineral, citrus, tree fruit and apricot flavours together with hazelnut, brioche and bran biscuit characters. Still rather closed but showing potential to develop well with bottle age. Thought I’d detected a trace of woody cork character but a second bottle showed identical nuances, which appears to be oak rather than cork influence. (Cork)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2023

Food: Diamond clams, squid noodle, charred octopus, carrot, chorizo broth

Stockists: Martinborough Wine Merchants; Centre City Wines & Spirits, Auckland (NZ); Negociants Australia (AU distributors)

Ranked #16 of 73 2015 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

Price Benchmark: NZD $45.09 Avg 95pt 2015 Chardonnay tasted from New Zealand

Winery Rating: 96.3 Weighted average of their top 5 recently tasted wines

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