Dry River 2012 Spring Release – Full Review

Although the iconic Dry River winery has had a change of guard with founder Neill McCallum fully retiring, assistant winemaker Wilco Lam stepping into the winemaker role for Poppy Hammond, and Robert Wills taking over from Shayne Hammond as viticulturist, it really is business as usual. The protocols and procedures in grapegrowing and vinification are still the same, only the vines are another year older. At the end of August, Dry River Wines conducted their Spring Release with a series of tastings to showcase the wines at various venues throughout the country. I joined many of the mail order customers in having a preview of the wines. (Click here to see my report.) At such events one can gauge the quality and style of the wines, and discuss them with the winegrowing and winemaking staff as I did. No matter how good the situation is, I always prefer to look at and taste the wines in a more relaxed environment where I can take my time, and compare them with wines of similar style. In doing so, I generally confirm what I originally saw, and make minor adjustments. Occasionally the wines do seem different, sometimes worse, but often better, as I can look a little harder and in greater detail. The latter result seems to be the case with these Dry River releases. Here are my full reviews of the wines. www.dryriver.co.nz


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