Neil McCallum is one of the Martinborough wine region pioneers planting his vineyards on the free-draining gravelly terrace in the Wairarapa in 1979. Dry River quickly established a reputation as one of the finest producers in the country producing Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Syrah and Pinot Noir. McCallum retired in 2011 and the winemaking duties have been taken over by Wilco Lamb with Robert Willis and his team tending the vines. The vision of Neil McCallum is in good hands and Dry River continues to be one of New Zealand's most sought after wines.
Lighter, more elegant and less of a blockbuster pinot noir than usual. Cherry, floral, peppery with a suggestion of dried herb flavours. A little closed at this stage but showing good vinosity and moderate complexity. Date Tasted: April 2019; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 95 Points; Bob Campbell MW; The Real Review
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