Dry River – Spring 2011 Releases

The two releases of Dry River are always exciting. The Spring release has more often than not featured the Rhone varieties of Syrah and Viognier supporting the Chardonnay, as well as certain releases of the aromatics if they are deemed ready for the market. While the Chardonnay is the unsung hero of the Dry River range, the Viognier and Syrah seem to be increasingly recognised for their special qualities. While in New Zealand critics seem to see these varieties on the knife-edge of ripeness anywhere south of Hawke's Bay, the international experts see greater beauty of floral expression in the more marginal climates, as can be seen by the results of an authoritative tasting in The World of Fine Wine Issue 131, 2011 in which a Fromm ‘Fromm Vineyard' Syrah 2007 from Marlborough came as the highest rated. In the same tasting, Wairarapa wines sat amid the Hawke's Bay and Waiheke wines showing how similar they were as a group. Here are my reviews of the latest Dry River releases. www.dryriver.co.nz


  • Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay 2010

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