Dry River’s new releases in top form
This iconic Martinborough wine producer appears to be maintaining top form with its latest releases, mostly from the top 2019 and 2020 vintages.Dry River’s Pinot Gris 2020 is a rich, fleshy wine with impressive concentration.
The Dry River Chardonnay 2019 is an intense, powerful chardonnay with grapefruit, oyster-shell, root ginger, brioche and baguette crust flavours. Richly-textured with power and purity. A seamless wine with a lingering finish and the potential to develop well with bottle age. (NZD $65)
Dry River’s Pinot Gris 2020 is a rich, fleshy wine with impressive concentration and exotic tropical fruit, ripe stone fruit flavours with ginger, spice, oyster-shell and hazelnut characters. Creamy-textured with a lingering finish. A complex wine with an exciting future. (NZD $65)
The Dry River Lovat Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2020 is a ripe, intense gewürztraminer with typical floral, white rose, Turkish Delight flavours plus exotic tropical fruits and spice flavours. A no-pressure vintage has certainly helped to bring out the best of this off-dry wine. (NZD $50)
Dry River’s Riesling 2020 is a taut, off-dry riesling with lime zest, oyster-shell and citrus blossom. It has an artful balance of subtle sweetness and saline acidity that builds an exquisite tension. I like the wine in its youthful phase but others will appreciate toasty bottle development. (NZD $50)
The Dry River Pinot Noir 2019 is a dense pinot noir with flavours across the ripeness spectrum from fresh herbs and rhubarb to cassis and dark berries. There is also a suggestion of violet, floral and liquorice characters. A little closed right now but with a promising future. The wine opened up as it sat in the glass. Might be worth decanting. (NZD $95)
Finally, the Dry River Lovat Vineyard Syrah 2017 is a dense and quite vibrant syrah with plum, dark berry, cassis, graphite, white and black pepper, and a suggestion of floral, perhaps red rose. A backbone of fine, ripe tannins has been allowed to mellow with 24-months in oak, although the wine is still slightly tough with promising cellar prospects. (NZD $70)