Dry River ‘Dry River Estate’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

In celebrating Dry River’s 30th Release of Martinborough wines, the first single site Pinot Noir from the original ‘Dry River Estate’ vines has been bottled and released. Normally, the Dry River Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from three sources, for 2013, approximately 50% comes from the ‘Craighall’ vineyard and the remainder equally from the ‘Lovat’ and ‘Dry River Estate’ sites. Even though the latter component is not necessarily the largest in the blend, the character of the wine is the most "complete” and reckoned to form the "backbone” of the final wine, according to winemaker Wilco Lam.

The ‘Dry River Estate’ vineyard was established by Neil and Dawn McCallum 35 years ago, ant it was fitting to keep separate a small amount of the fruit for this commemorative bottling. The greatest attention was paid by the winemaking team of Wilco, Ant Mackenzie and Coralie Allexant-Maniere to ensure that the final ‘regular’ Pinot Noir lost nothing in the making of this limited release wine. During a visit to Dry River in August last year, I was given to taste 2013 vintage barrel samples of the single site ‘Dry River Estate’ Pinot Noir, and an approximate blend of the final Dry River Pinot Noir, unaware of the intentions to make the single site wine. (Click here to see my report.) I was impressed with both samples. Of course, the ‘regular Dry River Pinot Noir 2013 has been released and reviewed (click here to see my assessments), and it’s a wine that gets better on each showing. Now, I review the Dry River ‘Dry River Estate’ Pinot Noir 2013 in finished form. www.dryriver.co.nz


  • Dry River ‘Dry River Estate’ Martinborough Pinot Noir 2013

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