Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2008

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.55  RS: 6.5 g/L  
TA: 5.1 g/L  Brix: 23.5 - 24

The 2008 vintage provided long ripening days with cool nights allowing the development of intense aromatics and tropical fruit flavours. Off dry, our 2008 Pinot Gris shows ripe pear and melon aromas with spiced apple and citrus flavours. A small amount of noble botrytis has added rich apricot and wild honey characters, producing a rich round palate with great weight and length. A portion of this wine was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques adding depth and complexity.


This wine will drink at its best over the next two to three years.

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with freshly grilled crayfish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews Tasting

As you would expect from this winery, a high class wine. It is soft and luscious with a beautiful, unctuous texture. The aromas are of Turkish delight and the palate displays good fruit weight. Will keep improving too.

Capital Times

Has a lovely pear aroma entirely appropriate for the style. There are also spicy notes and a hint of vanilla on the nose. A full mouth feel and a balanced pear and apple off dry palate make this a Pinot Gris of style.

Otago Daily Times

Floral with hints of summer fruit, a hint of oatmeal and nuts, this finely textured wine is full in the mouth, with layers of texture and a lingering aftertaste.

The Press (Christchurch)

Lawson's Dry Hills is known for making one of the best New Zealand Pinot Gris and this one will reinforce that reputation. Attractive confectionary and friuty flavours are backed by good concentration and a medium sweetness, which skillfully balances the grapefruit-zest finish.


Nicely fragant nose reminiscent of green apple juice. Palate is well flavoured and constructed with a hint of sweetness, citrus, pear and tropical fruits. Good firm mouthfeel. Well made.

Wine Orbit

FIVE STARS - 93 points. The nose is rich and opulent showing dried apricot, floral and subtle spice characters. It's powerful and concentrated on the palate with a silky texture, weighty mid palate and a beautifully lingering finish. simply gorgeous. At its best:now to 2011.

Northern Advocate

WINE OF THE WEEK - Rich and creamy, off-dry, pear, spice and vanilla aromas, good balance, concentration and texture. Forward and ready to drink.

Vinote Wine Cellar Notes

Intense ripe pear and honey aroma,a small amount of the wine was fermented in old French oak barriques adding a lovely creamy texture and richness to the palate, just off-dry in style and very classy,serve with food, this is a serious wine.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 Points - With only 6.5g/L of residual sugar, this weighty wine comes across as almost dry, allowing the emphasis to be on the bold notes of melon, pear and citrus. It's rich without being overtly sweet, then finishes clean, with a touch of white pepper.

Winestate Magazine

THREE STARS - Luscious creamy mango and orange blossom aromas and an oily palate with lychee rose petal flavours.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2011
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2009