Dry River Martinborough Pinot Gris (2020)

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 handled in barrels, but since 2017 it has been partly oak-aged. The lovely 2020 vintage (5*) is mostly from vines planted in 1979. Delicious in its youth, it is mouthfilling and fleshy, with rich, peachy, spicy flavours, a gentle splash of sweetness (11.5 grams/litre of residual sugar), moderate acidity, and notable depth and harmony. Benchmark stuff.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Pinot Gris
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $65 NZD
Sweetness: MED
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Super Classic.

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2019; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 31
Vintage: 2018; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 30
Vintage: 2017; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 29
Vintage: 2016; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 28
Vintage: 2015; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 27
Vintage: 2014; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 26
Vintage: 2013; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 20 – 25
Vintage: 2012; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 22
Vintage: 2011; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 20 – 21
Vintage: 2010; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: P – P
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed April 2022

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