Dry River : Autumn Release 2014

By | 16/03/2014

Wilco Lam brought the Dry River 2014 Autumn Release tasting to Auckland, so I boxed on over to the Parnell Rose Garden on Sunday morning to taste the newest wines.
I should start out by saying I haven’t always been the biggest fan of Dry River Pinot Noir. Older vintages have sometimes seemed too ‘dry reddish’, tasting as though they had been extracted to release power at the expense of perfume and grace.  The 2012 vintage wasn’t the easiest according to Wilco, (cool, rainy and a tickle of botrytis) but the 2012 Dry River Pinot Noir is a sterling effort: Translucent ruby, very perfumed with old rose, violets, ripe raspberry and poached plum. Fruit definitely to the fore, almost exotic, with some cedar/nutmeg oak providing support. Liquorice and dried herbs peeking through. Silky on the palate, with just a smidge of finely grained tannins, all softness and elegance. A hint of grip on the finish suggests it will develop further in the short term but this is a wine to enjoy now and over the next 3-5 years.  A lovely, perfumed wine, by no means a blockbuster, but very delicious, reflecting the vintage perfectly.
2013 Dry River Pinot Gris : Ripe pear, baked apple with just a hint of gingerbread. Creamy, silky and textural. Medium dry, carrying its residual sweetness well. 2013 Dry River Lovat Gewurztraminer : Beautiful aromatics; bourbon rose, blossom and turkish delight. A hint of satsuma peel too. Luxuriously fruited in an opulent, off dry style, yet retains perfume and grace. This is an absolutely delightful example of gewurztraminer that laughs in the face of all those who claim to find gewurz overpowering.

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