Chardonnay, Martinborough , 2009

  Dry River

Produced from the Mendoza clone, believed by many to be the key to producing top quality NZ chardonnay, and boasting a beautifully pale clear lemon colour, the nose is a little reserved initially but shows some acacia and nut flavours along with plenty of stone minerality and lime flower raciness. The palate boasts a piercing acidity showing clearly that this is a cooler vintage than usual. There is great intensity to the zesty bracing flavours, and bags of underlying power, but this doubtless needs time to express itself fully. Should be wonderful in time. 13% abv

Contains Sulphites.

About Dry River

The cool climate and poor soil of the Dry River bed, married with Dr Neil McCallum’s insistence on tiny yields and his utmost dedication to quality, has resulted in Dry River’s wines being recognised as New Zealand’s finest. These are handcrafted wines made in boutique quantities of 2-3,000 cases a year. The most important part of winemaking at Dry River happens prior to harvest, severe pruning and crop thinning are standard practice here, while in the cellars there is minimum human interventionl intervention. The Sauvignon Blanc is a far cry from the typical examples found in New Zealand, with the usual overt tropical flavours being exchanged for more restrained stone fruit characteristics tempered by a zesty acidity. The Craighall Riesling is a delicious late harvest wine akin to a German Spätlese in style with hints of lime zest and spice. The Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay are frequently New Zealand’s most concentrated and long lived, it is recommended that you lay these down for two to three years before drinking them.

Appellation: Martinborough

At the southern tip of the North Island sits Martinborough, an area of great terroir diversity. Numerous small scale producers go to great lengths in the pursuit of quality investing much of their effort in vineyard management and achieving low yields. Palliser and Dry River demonstrate just how good the wines from the region can be.