Dry River Martinborough Chardonnay (2020)

Elegance, restraint and subtle power are the key qualities of this classic wine. It's not a bold, upfront style, but tight, savoury and seamless, with rich grapefruit and nut flavours that build in the bottle for several years. Based on low-cropping, mature vines in the Craighall and Dry River Estate vineyards, it is hand-harvested and fermented and matured in French oak hogsheads (with a low proportion of new casks – 15 per cent in 2020). The proportion of the blend that goes through a softening malolactic fermentation does not usually exceed 15 per cent. The highly impressive 2020 vintage (5*) is already approachable. Bright, light yellow/green, it is fresh and mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe citrus and stonefruit flavours, cool-climate vibrancy, finely integrated oak, lively acidity and obvious cellaring potential. Best drinking 2024+.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $70 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Super Classic.

When to drink: 2024

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 24 – 28
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 25
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 24
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 23
Vintage: 2012; Winemaker’s Rating: 5/7; When to Drink: 22 – 22
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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