Dry River Pinot Noir 2014
$11999each
$1439DOZEN
WineryDry River
Fruit Pinot Noir
Regions Martinborough
  New Zealand
Each $119.99
$1439.00
Available in cases of 6
Dawn and Neil McCallum had been looking for a quality site since 1979, it became clear that Martinborough was the place. According to soil scientist Dr Derek Milne, the virtue of this locality was its thirty year record of the lowest rainfall anywhere on the North Island and a heat summation that's idyllic for Pinot Noir. The lowest rainfall was limited to a tiny locality five kilometres in radius and a study of soils revealed that the deep, free draining gravels they sought were restricted to an even smaller part, to be the home of Dry River Pinot Noir.
Dry River are amongst the first growth of Martinborough pioneers. The crescent shaped appellation lies along the edge of a river terrace formed by the Ruamahunga and Huangarua Rivers. A mere 600 plantable hectares in size, the special soils are comprised almost completely of free draining gravels with the same very low rainfall and similar aspect, temperatures, wind run and so on, unique and homogenous from a viticultural point of view. From 1986, wines made from within this area were given a seal of origin. Authentification is administered through Martinborough Terrace Appellation of Origin System.The finished wine is aged for a year in a selection of seasoned and new French oak puncheons. Alcohol 13.5%
TASTING NOTES
Ruby purple hues. The nose shows sweet dusty florals associated with old fashioned rose petals, hints of red berries and dark cherry. The palate is full and round showing delicacy rather than power with elegant velvety textured tannins, a mineral thread that spreads over the entire palate and entwines with the faintest hint of dried herbs. The finish is long with the freshness of lingering flavours.
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About the Dry River Winery
Dry River have three decades of quality winemaking under their belt, producing individual, high quality wines which faithfully reflect the vintage and terroir
Dawn and Neil McCallum had been looking for a site for a quality vineyard as early as 1979 and it was clear that Martinborough was the place to investigate. According to friend and soil scientist Dr Derek Milne, a founding partner of Martinborough Vineyard, the virtue of this locality was its 30-year record of the lowest rainfall in the North Island and a heat summation appropriate for growing quality cool-climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and etc. The crescent-shaped area lay along the edge of the river terrace formed by the Ruamahunga and Huangarua rivers about 20,000 years ago. From the available data, the low rainfall area was limited to a tiny locality roughly 5 km in radius, and a study of soil maps revealed that the deep, free-draining gravels they sought within this were restricted to an even smaller part. Dry River»