Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14.00%  pH: 3.50  RS: 8.5g/L  
TA: 6.1g/l  Brix: 23.5 - 24.6

Our wonderfully textured 2012 Pinot Gris was produced predominaty from two adjacent vineyards in the Waihopai Valley, together with a small parcel of grapes from the Omaka Valley. Pear, stonefruit and citrus characters feature strongly and the combination of low yields, partial barrel fermentation and lees stirring has produced a wine with weight, complexity and lenght.


This wine is ideal for early drinking, however it will develop further with careful cellaring.

Food Match

Shrimp or crab meat, hams, salami goat cheese.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

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Awards & Reviews

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

The nose is tightly concentrated with pure aromas of pears, white florals and stonefruits intermixed with flinty minerals. Off-dry to taste, this is elegantly proportioned, slippery in the mouth, the fruit sweetness adds richness and a subtle succulence. A suggestion of alcohol power underlines the palate, adding to the weight and presence.

Wine Orbit

This is spot on. Ripe and beautifully perfumed, the bouquet shows peach, pear, floral and citrus characters. The succulent palate has excellent fruit concentration and a silky texture. Finishing long and juicy, there's a hint of sweetness on the palate which is perfectly framed by the integrated acidity.

Otago Daily Times

Light aromas, but full on exuberant flavours - ripe pear, peach, citrus, nuts, caramel and even hints of fennel. Concentrated with texture from some barrel fermentation.

Winestate Magazine

Fleshy, medium-dry style with strong stonefruit and spice flavours, complexity from barrel fermentation(27% of the blend) good weight, ripeness and length.


Made just off-dry with 8.5g/L residual sweetness, this is a stylish Pinot Gris with all the right pear, apple and nectarine aromas leading to a flavour profile that continues the stonefruit analogy and edges it with elegantly integrated acids. The texture is oily in the approved fashion and the finish clean cut and satisfying. Tasting

As ever the Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris is a delicious animal. It is best described as sweet, ripe and juicy. The pear flavours and floral aromas are perfectly in balance with the acidity and it is all seamlessly encased in a dry elegant style.

San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013. - GOLD MEDAL

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014 - FOUR STARS

A full bodied, fleshy medium-dry style, it has strong stone fruit and spice flavours. A touch of oak aging complexity and good weight, ripeness and length.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2011
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2008