Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2008

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.55  RS: 2.0g/L  
TA: 5.6g/L  Brix: 23.9

Sourced from the north facing clay slopes of the Potez vineyard, the grapes for this wine were hand harvested then fermented in small batches before maruration in French oak barriques, 25% of which were new. Lifted cherry and dark berry fruit aromas with delicate vanilla and smoky notes provide a highly attractive and complex nose. The palate is full of juicy dark berry and black cherry flavours, complemented by seductive coffee, vanilla and spicy oak notes. This is an elegant wine with supple tannins and a long rich finish.


Three to five years. In the young wine the fruit character dominates, however as the wine develops t

Food Match

Any rabbit or duck dish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

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Awards & Reviews

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

The wine was aged nine months in 25% new French oak barriques. Bright, light ruby-red in colour with a pale edge, it has a shy, pretty, ethereal bouquet of red berry fruits and delicate florals, with some depth. Elegant and medium weight in style, this has bright dark cherry and raspberry fruit flavours at its core, focussed and tight, backed by rounded, moderately extracted tannins. Sufficiently supple to enjoy now, it will fill out over the next three to five years.


A pleasant all round Pinot Noir with up front strawberry/raspberry fruit and a lick of creamy oak. A lighter style, well made and rounded with an enjoyable finish.

Otago Daily Times

BEST VALUE - Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2008 - A big densely flavoured wine with juicy fruit, red and dark berries and dried cheeries, supported by spicy oak with hints of chocolate and an attractive finish - FOUR STARS - GOOD VALUE.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2006