Dry River Tasting
Caros Wines, Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand
Tasted September 17, 2013 by Marc with 225 views
Flight 1 (10 notes)
1992 Dry River Riesling Craighall
Deep yellow/gold. Very honied nose of great minerality, touches of apricot and apple and a hint of petrol. Gorgeous mouthfeel, honied notes echo on palate. A cool vintage that has aged beautifully over two decades and does not feel tired in any way. The wine of the tasting by a considerable margin.
2012 Dry River Chardonnay
Light straw. Slightly dumb, mineral chardonnay fruit aromas. Tight and acid lightly oaked style in the manner of chablis (but with brighter and sharper acids). In the mouth, pretty simple but a very strong malic acid profile suggests this may repay cellaring. 82+++
2012 Dry River Pinot Gris
Palest straw. White pepper and a clear expression of PG fruit that veers towards the stoney and herbaceous end of the spectrum. A phenolic wine with 15g/l that is currently slightly hard in the mouth and simple but I have every expectation that this will improve with time in the bottle. 86+++
2011 Dry River Pinot Noir
Purple/ruby. The product of a hot vintage, the nose is very ripe, exhibiting candy cane and sweet cherry notes. Masculine mouthfeel with warm fruit and firm tannins. This is very confectionary in style - although not in the more focused style of Central Otago. This is a well made, very new world wine that should age quite well. 88+
2003 Dry River Pinot Noir
Dense purple/ruby with some age apparent at the meniscus. Very developed nose with considerable VA. Lots of round fruit sweetness but not a classic style. The wine displays a long finish with excellent presence in the mouth. A few over-ripe aspects in evidence combined with a hint of faded fruit suggest that this wine is just slightly pat its prime, although it will clearly last for a few more years, no problem.
2011 Dry River Syrah Lovat Vineyard
Intense purple/ruby. Bright nose of cool climate syrah, featuring floral, animal, pepper and lean raspberry fruit. Excellent palate with great definition. This is outstanding New Zealand syrah with gorgeous high toned nuances. Very lifted, great structure and presence. Nicely judged proportion - this will age well. The product of a cool and wet vintage. Very Crozes-Hermitage is style.
2004 Dry River Syrah Amaranth Lovat Vineyard
Purple/ruby with clear aged notes at edge. Very lifted nose of menthol, dark berries, tobacco, leather and pepper - very nice! Smooth texture with some coffee bean notes on the palate. Whilst this does not relate to the wines of France, it is an enjoyable bottle of wine in an easy going way. Certainly ready.