​‘Syrah, not Pinot, is NZ’s best red’


A view from a particularly experienced Martinborough gemologist. 

Dr Neil and Dawn McCallum, founders in 1979 of Dry River and, effectively, what is arguably New Zealand’s most promising wine region Martinborough, were in London this week. En route to a tour of the Highlands to celebrate their Scottish roots, they presided with current winemaker Wilco Lam over a tasting of Dry River wines back to a 1992 Craighall Dry Riesling to mark this landmark estate’s 40th anniversary. Zubair Mohamed of Raeburn Fine Wines of Edinburgh was the impresario of the event and admitted that McCallum had been quite a mentor...