Dry River 2015 Riesling Selection and Viognier, 2014 Chardonnay and 2013 Syrah

A number of industry people and commentators have noted the new energy and approach and growing confidence of Wilco Lam at Dry River. Aided by the experience of Ant Mackenzie, Wilco has opened up communication with a revitalised website, activity on social media and newly formatted newsletters. Wilco is a very open person to talk to, and the clientele who attend the mail order tastings (click here to see my report on the 2015 Spring Release Tasting) will have seen that. They’re subtle changes at Dry River, driven by personality as much as anything, but they are positive ones. It’s all part of the more contemporary approach in maintaining contact and reaching new business in today’s market and world. For me, the next step is to advise us more of the finer detail and technical matters in growing the grapes and making the wine – but then I’m a bit of a geek who loves such things!

The wines reviewed here are from the Dry River 2015 Spring Release, and span three vintages which are described by Wilco as being "superb”. 2015 was challenging due mainly to wind and drought. Wilco reports the vineyards showed resilience, and he took a "hands off” approach with the wines as finesse was already apparent. 2014 was also a challenge, to harvest at optimal phenolic ripeness, with full flavour and modest alcohols. This Dry River did by the earliest harvesting start of 13 March. 2013 is of course, recognised as one of Martinborough’s best vintages. The wines are classical Dry River expressions. www.dryriver.co.nz


  • Dry River ‘Craighall’ ‘Selection’ Martinborough Riesling 2015
  • Dry River ‘Dry River’ Martinborough Viognier 2015
  • Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2014
  • Dry River ‘Amaranth’ ‘Lovat’ Martinborough Syrah 2013

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