Dry River 'Lovat Vineyard' Gewürztraminer 2016 (Martinborough, New Zealand) "...tropical, papaya, rock melon..."
Dry River’s founder Neil McCallum, a pioneer of Martinborough’s wine industry, planted his vineyards on the free-draining gravelly terrace in 1979. Dry River quickly established a reputation as one of the finest producers in the country, and McCallum’s vision has been carried forward by winemaker Wilco Lam since 2011. With three vineyards tended by James Pittard and his team, Dry River continues to produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Syrah and Pinot Noir, as well as a premium blend known as the Twelve Spies. Through its philosophy of forward-thinking preservation, Dry River continues to strengthen its reputation as a producer of some of New Zealand’s most sought-after wines.
"Ripe, tropical, soft flesh fruits like persimmon, papaya and rock melon are contrasted with orange marmalade, cloves and ginger. With a small and early picked portion fermented in barrel and aged on lees, faint floral notes and hints of vanilla are evident. The palate is strikingly consistent and complete, where the lack of focus becomes the focal point, perhaps testament to the four separate passes at picking time. The soft, cushion like entrance is followed by a bulky, luscious and textural mid palate, finished with long fresh tail. Like the texture, the fruit travels similarly over the palate through different spectra; peach and nashi pear at first followed by a Crème Brûlée and ginger and finished with lemon marmalade. Though appealing as a young wine, we recommend to restrain from opening this for another two years and for maximum gain of interest for another five to ten years." - Winery notes