Dry River 2017 Releases

Martinborough’s Dry River remains an enigma in New Zealand’s wine landscape in much the same way that wineries like Giaconda do here in Australia. Their idiosyncratic wines eschew the chasing of trends and immediacy in favour of a singular approach to build wines of stature that will only show their true colours after some time resting the in the cellar. It is an approach that has seen them gather a legion of devoted fans who snap up their wines each vintage.

The wines are often characterised by their powerful extracted nature, but this has seen slight shift since the winery changed hands in 2012 and while the wines still carry that undeniable Dry River imprint of power and structure, winemaker extraordinaire Wilco Lam has moved the wines subtlety into more pliable and open knit territory.

The 2017 vintage has been closely compared to the strong 2014 vintage but with a touch less sunshine which saw the Pinot Noir sit on the vines for a touch longer. This has given the wines a little more flesh and fruit which from all reports has placed them in a wonderful place between power, tannic structure and rich fruit.

As mentioned earlier these are wines that have always been built from the ground up to be enjoyed after some time in the cellar which is why we are excited to be able to include two back vintages in today’s offer and in magnums none the less. If ever there was a New Zealand Pinot Noir you would want to have in magnum with some cellar age it would be Dry River, these will be a rare treat from some lucky buyers, but they are in short supply.