2009 Dry River, “Craighall Vineyard”, Riesling, Martinborough, New Zealand

£29.95 £19.95

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Roving Sommelier is passionate about premium quality New Zealand regional wines. Dry River is one of the oldest and most prestigious vineyards in New Zealand. Most importantly, originally under the direction of Dr Neil McCallum, Dry River was one of the pioneering wineries in the Martinborough region in the late-1970s and early 1980s. One of the first vineyards to plant Pinot Noir in New Zealand, amongst other varieties, Dry River has developed a fabulous global reputation and cult status amongst wine lovers and connoisseurs. I have visited Dry River on two occasions: in 2002 and 2014. Over the years, I have also tasted many vintages of Dry River wines, who, as well as Pinot Noir, also produce great Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewűrztraminer, Chardonnay and Syrah. This wine has been produced in a single vineyard – “Craighall Vineyard” – a stone’s throw from the winery on Puruatanga Road in the tiny township of Martinborough.

The Dry River winery and vineyards are situated on the “Martinborough Terrace” at the southern end of the North Island of New Zealand. This terroir is characterised by its low rainfall, free draining gravel soils and a cool maritime climate. Low cropping and meticulous care in the vineyard all contribute to wine styles showing concentration, varietal expression and the ability to reward cellaring for many years. For me, Dry River wines will always be world-class and near the top of my New Zealand bucket list. The Craighall Vineyard Riesling is an intensely beautiful expression of a wonderful grape that has great potential in New Zealand.

Best enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere either on its own or with good food.

Alcohol: 11.5% abv (75cl)

Closure: Cork

Grape variety: Riesling

Flavour Profile: Off-dry, Highly aromatic, Citrus oil, Stone fruits, Floral. Good acidity