Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2010
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.50 RS: 8.5g/L
TA: 5.2g/L Brix: 23.4 - 24.2
This Pinot Gris is medium bodied with gentle acidity. Pear, red apple and citrus are the predominant characters with notes of nougat adding complexity. Whilst lees stirring has added volume, resulting in a richly textured wine with great mouthfeel and length.
This wine will drink at its best over the next two to three years.
Hot smoked salmon with tarragon butter
Awards & Reviews
The Marlborough Express
This wine is a star - one we would happily buy because it ticks all the right boxs. Powerful poached pear, guava and passiofruit nose; quite intensely tropical and ripe, with a rich funky whiff - really exciting. The palate is ripe and concentrated, textured and full of flavour. Tingly acid sits well with with pear, guava, ripe apple and rich citrus flavours. Peter summmed it up in his particularly eloquent manner - "it's big, ballsy, fruity and completely luscious". I don't think we will win any gongs for sophisticated wine writing here, but he's spot on.
FIVE STARS - 93 POINTS - An exceptional producer with aromatic varieties. Lawson's Dry Hills have fashioned another gorgeous Pinot Gris, displaying tropical fruit, peach and a touch of spice on the nose. Pinot Gris can be fairly subtle on the nose, not this one - it's perfumed and irresistible. The palate is lush and concentrated, with gentle sweetness which is nicely balanced by the acidity, leading to a lively finish. At its best now - until 2013.
FOUR STARS - Lawson's Dry Hills are especially adroit at aromatics and this Pinot Gris is no exception. The clean, fresh and fruity nose paves the way to a palate of pears and tropical fruits with balanced acidity and alcohol. Smart, well made wine.
Sunday Star Times
Lawson's Dry Hills is one of Marlborough's most consistent producers. This Pinot Gris is deliciously smooth and silky, full of ripe pear and apple flavours with a crisp savoury finish.
Otago Daily Times
A charming, fragrant wine, lush and textural with hints of pear, quince, ripe white peach and greengage. More complex than many and with a nicely balanced, bright, lively finish.
The Press (Christchurch)
If like us you're not really a Pinot Gris fan, try this. You may be pleasantly surprised. It's a flinty and mineral character-yes, but there's fruit too - apples and pears especially and raisins. This is a full flavoured wine with surprisingly good length and intensity. IMPRESSIVE.