Pinot Noir Martinborough New Zealand
Dawn and Neil McCallum had been looking for a quality site since 1979, it became clear that Martinborough was the place. According to soil scientist Dr Derek Milne, the virtue of this locality was its thirty year record of the lowest rainfall anywhere on the North Island and a heat summation that's idyllic for Pinot Noir. The lowest rainfall was limited to a tiny locality five kilometres in radius and a study of soils revealed that the deep, free draining gravels they sought were restricted to an even smaller part, to be the home of Dry River Pinot Noir.
Dry River are amongst the first growth of Martinborough pioneers. The crescent shaped appellation lies along the edge of a river terrace formed by the Ruamahunga and Huangarua Rivers. A mere 600 plantable hectares in size, the special soils are comprised almost completely of free draining gravels with the same very low rainfall and similar aspect, temperatures, wind run and so on, unique and homogenous from a viticultural point of view. From 1986, wines made from within this area were given a seal of origin. Authentification is administered through Martinborough Terrace Appellation of Origin System.The finished wine is aged for a year in a selection of seasoned and new French oak puncheons. Alcohol 13.5%
Ruby purple hues. The nose shows sweet dusty florals associated with old fashioned rose petals, hints of red berries and dark cherry. The palate is full and round showing delicacy rather than power with elegant velvety textured tannins, a mineral thread that spreads over the entire palate and entwines with the faintest hint of dried herbs. The finish is long with the freshness of lingering flavours.