Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris


From the first vintage in 1986, for many years Dry River towered over other New Zealand Pinot Gris, by virtue of its exceptional body, flavour richness and longevity. A sturdy Martinborough wine, it has peachy, spicy characters that can develop great subtlety and richness with maturity (at around five years old for top vintages, which also hold well for a decade). It is grown in the estate and nearby Craighall vineyards, where the majority of the vines are over 25 years old. In the past, it was not wood-aged, but the 2017 (5*) was 15 per cent barrel-fermented and 30 per cent of the 2018 vintage (5*) spent 10 months in old oak hogsheads. The striking 2019 vintage (5*) is mostly from vines planted in 1979. Richly scented, it is notably weighty and sweet-fruited, with highly concentrated peach, pear and spice flavours, a slightly oily texture, and a long, off-dry (16 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Combining power, delicacy, depth and harmony, it is clearly a top vintage, already drinking well but best cellared to 2022+. Benchmark stuff.


Price: $65.00 NZD
Value for Money: AV
Rating: 5 Stars
Sweetness: MED
Type: White Wines
Variety: Pinot Gris

This is a Super Classic

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