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Dry River Chardonnay 2016

A formidable straw golden, light yellow colour introduces this wine. I have to go back to the 2009 when the wine expressed a similar soft and creamy nose, layered with almond nougat, ripe pineapple and golden kiwi fruit. The wine is kept opulent and energetic with hints of freshly crushed thyme and lemon rind. Extended time on lees, 15 months, helped to develop brioche and crème caramel ...


95 Points Bob Campbell MW


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Brand Name
Dry River
Country
NEW ZEALAND
Style
White Wine
Region
Wairarapa (Martinborough)
Varietal
Chardonnay
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

A formidable straw golden, light yellow colour introduces this wine. I have to go back to the 2009 when the wine expressed a similar soft and creamy nose, layered with almond nougat, ripe pineapple and golden kiwi fruit. The wine is kept opulent and energetic with hints of freshly crushed thyme and lemon rind. Extended time on lees, 15 months, helped to develop brioche and crème caramel like characters with added texture and weight.

A softly coated acidity allows the wine to move over the palate in a gentle matter, deceptively masking the linear and postured nature due to interaction with other textural components. The scope and depth of flavour effortlessly captivates interest by initially showcasing almond croissant, Beurre Bosc pears and barely noticeable toast, presumably from the oak barrels. Since little Malo-lactic acid conversion happens with this wine a lemon sorbet character allows for a long finish. Enjoy this wine after two to five years for optimal drinking pleasure. Dry River

Wilco has signalled his intent to introduce more complexity into this wine, moving it away from the lighter, more pure and floral style, which still has a sense of beauty, into a wine of greater richness, weight and interest. I believe he is succeeding.
Even, light straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is refined with a firm and elegant concentration, showing lovely melded aromas of stonefruit and citrus fruit with complexing nutty lees and oak, along with creamy barrel-ferment elements. There is still some pure white florality to the aromatics. Stylishly rich on the palate, but retaining elegance, the flavours of stonefruits and nuts show complexing savoury nuances. The mouthfeel is soft and refined, and the wine flows positively with the acidity providing energy. Lovely nutty lees nuances show here. A wine that has more presence and a complete roundness. Barrel fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine spending 15 months on lees. 19.0/20 Raymond Chan

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