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DRY RIVER Chardonnay 2014

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DRY RIVER Chardonnay 2014

DRY RIVER Chardonnay, Martinborough/Wairarapa
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DRY RIVER Chardonnay, Martinborough/Wairarapa
  • Style: White
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Region: Martinborough
  • Code: DRCMW
  • Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Country: New Zealand

Region Martinborough

Martinborough

Martinborough is located on the North Island of New Zealand and is the island’s driest area, due to the rain shadow created by the Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges. The district is prone to spring frosts, with wind machines employed throughout the area to protect young vines from frost damage. Martinborough’s climate is cool with some maritime influence and the region enjoys one of the longest growing seasons in New Zealand. There is significant diurnal variation, excellent for preserving aromatics and acidity and the naturally breezy conditions help to curb vine vigour, resulting in low yields of grapes with great intensity and flavor concentration. Over time, the river which runs through the region, has carved out cliffs and escarpments to expose stony sub-soils, helping to create the premium vineyard site of ‘Martinborough Terrace’ built over layers of alluvial river terraces. Martinborough has significant plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling but is best known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir sought the world over.

Winery DRY RIVER

Established by pioneering winegrower Neil McCallum in 1979, Dry River is a small boutique producer in Martinborough. Some the winery’s vines were first planted as early as 1979 on the famed Martinborough terrace, an extremely dry, gravely free draining site. Viticulture follows a philosophy of sustainability with the vines unirrigated and cropped to low levels. In the winery, the overarching philosophy is one of minimal intervention. Dry River has a stellar reputation for producing small quantities of super-premium artisanal wines. The range encompasses Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Syrah and a Late Harvest Riesling. In 2003 the winery was sold to American financier Julian Robertson, although Neil McCallum is still involved in the day to day management of the winery.