Dry River Wines Martinborough
This small estate acquired an enviable cult following due to the unstinting devotion of Dr Neil McCallum to producing the highest quality fruit from prime Martinborough vineyards. Though now under new (American) ownership (the same as for TE AWA FARM), the same direction is being maintained. Dry River has arguably the best record in the country of producing high-quality ageworthy reds and whites. Yet despite its wide acclaim and the evident complexity, depth and richness of texture in the wines – including some of the very best Gewürztraminer and Riesling in the country – relatively few other producers seem to have been inspired to reach the same levels. The Gewürztraminer has been produced from two different blocks since 2000 and each is bottled separately whenever possible; in Estate and Lovat versions. Previously leased, the Arapoff vineyard was renamed Lovat after its purchase and wines from this vineyard are now labelled accordingly. To date the wines have been mostly sold in New Zealand through an exclusive mailing list but a little is exported. Don’t hesitate to try these wines if the opportunity arises.
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