Dry River ‘Lovat’ Gewurztraminer 2016

21-Apr-2017
Many aficionados would say that the aromatic whites of Dry River are the best wines from this iconic Martinborough winery. The Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminers from Dry River can certainly be counted mong this country’s best expressions of these varieties. Much of the quality comes from vine age, but also the low yields and picking at the ideal time to make the desired styles. With Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, generally later picking has lent the Dry River wines with a degree of richness, fruit weight and unctuous texture that few other wineries match. Of course, late picking is very vintage dependant, and the luxury of doing so without any pressure of disease occurs less often than desired. The original Gewurztraminers came from the ‘Dry River Estate’, the plantings coming from cuttings from Bill and Denis Irwin’s Matawhero vines, but these are now gone.. To ensure consistency and health of the Gewurztraminer, Neil and Dawn McCallum obtained the new ‘Colmar’ clones of the variety, and planted them in the ‘Lovat’ vineyard. These vines are around 23 y.o. now, and have been performing beautifully for many years. I tasted the 2016 ‘Lovat’ Gewurztraminer at the 2017 Autumn Release mail order tasting (click here to see my report). All of the 2016 whites showed the style of freshness and vitality, maybe a little less richness and unctuousness, but to compensate, the aromatics are more piquant and pronounced. Here is my ‘Feature Review’ of the 2016 ‘Lovat’ Gewurztraminer. www.dryriver.co.nz

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  • Dry River ‘Lovat’ Martinborough Gewurztraminer 2016

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