Dry River ‘Dry River Estate’ Martinborough Viognier 2014

Viognier from New Zealand - Wairarapa & Wellington
Review Date : 04-Nov-2014
Full, even straw-yellow colour with light golden hues. The nose is stylishly restrained, gently growing in volume and depth to show pure varietal aromas of exotic white florals and yellow stonefruit kernels, unfolding fresh herbal nuances and minerally detail with aeration. Off-dry to taste and full-bodied, the flavours of tropical fruits, florals and apricot kernels show with weight and richness. The mouthfeel balances unctuousness with fine, grainy phenolic textures, providing the palate with structure and depth. Some alcoholic heat and power is noticeable adding to the core and generosity on palate, carrying the wine to a lush and exotic, strong finish. This is a fulsome and powerful, off-dry Viognier with exotic floral and stonefruit flavours. Match with seafood, and Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine over the next 4+ years. Fruit from 13 y.o. vines. Cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 14.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Nov 2014 RRP $47.00 Very pale straw colour. This is fresh, tight and steely, with floral depth rather than multi-layered with stonefruit aromas. Lovely purity and focus of white florals with hints of exoticism. Dry to taste, there is a subtle sweetness and richness to the linear flavours. Lovely detail suggesting lusciousness but countered by emerging refined textures and some alcohol drive. This has linear power, carrying the wine to a long finish. Purity rather than opulence here, and more singular than dimensional. 14.5% alc. and 6 g/L RS, and no oak influence. This is slowly inching towards a dryer style as the vines become more balanced. I understand Dry River are very pleased with the degree of nuance here. 18.0/20 Sep 2014 RRP $47.00

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