Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 13%  pH: 3.26  RS: 4.1g/L  
TA: 7.4G/l  Brix: 20.1 - 22.8

Intense passionfruit characters are complemented by a rich array of flavours, from citrus and tropical fruits through to appealing herbal notes. A portion of this wine was fermented in aged French oak barriques, which adds depth and texture to the palate. As always, the hallmark of our Sauvignon Blanc is complexity, concentration and a long fresh finish.


This wine will develop well in the bottle over the next three to four years, taking on complex and r

Food Match

Oysters and other shellfish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

The nose is very fresh and intense. Tightly bound and refined, showing moderately pungent passionfruit and gooseberry aromas along with ripe tropical fruits and minerals. Dry to taste, this wine has pure lime and passionfruit flavours, still tightly held, but with excellent concentration. Crisp, racy acidity provides steeliness, very elegant and detailed, the palate is long and sustained, with subtle sweetness and minerally nuances. A fresh, pure and intense wine that will become richer over the next two plus years - Match with shellfish or antipasto.

Vintage Direct (AUS)

The nose displays good intensity and strong varietal character with aromas of passionfruit, ripe gooseberry, tropical fruits and citrus. Mouthfilling palate flavours with passionfruit and citrus, followed by some subtle gooseberry, concluding with a crisp, zesty acid finish. Excellent depth, with a long passionfruit a nd citrus aftertaste.

Cuisine Magazine

TOP TEN - "This is an example of oak in Sauvignon Blanc being impeccably handled", noted Michael Ivicevich. The toastiness brought on by barrel fermentation, and the complex. oily texture give this wine a white-Bordeaux-like personality.

Hospitality Magazine

Quite potent, quite young, all things working as the wine unfolds. Good spine and raciness, pretty dry; a great afternoon wine or aperitif.

Sunday Star Times

I was charmed at the Cuisine Sauvignon Blanc tasting by the Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011. A portion of it is fermented in old oak barrels, giving it a little extra weight, there's a flintiness wrapped around a core of vibrant green-edged fruit and it retails for a reasonable $18-$20. I'd happily bring it out with smoked salmon and capers.

Daily Mail (UK)

Bargain-priced, top flight New Zealand Sauvigion is a rare find, so make sure that you bag some of this racy, citrus-drenched stunner and treat it to the spinach pancakes with poached and hollandaise

Winestate Magazine

Feshy, tropical fruit-flavoured style showing very good depth, a touch of complexity(six per cent barrel fermented). A fresh and lively sustained finish.

The Press (Christchurch)

There's nothing shy and retiring about this wine, it's strong characters are well balanced by an intriguing complex personality. Passionfruit, lime and apricot bouquet lead to robust flavours of gooseberry, stonefruit and guave and a superb lingering palate.

Wine Spectator

89 POINTS - This vivid, intense white delivers bright, refreshing flavours of peach, tangerine and ruby grapefruit, with a fleshy texture.Spice notes mark the tangy finish.

The Marlborough Express

The lifted aroma really has some classic pong!! - lifted and zesty with fresh blackcurrent notes. Rich and tropical, dry grass and capsicum provide a nuance that seals the deal. Smooth, tropical passionfruit flavours wash across the palate, whilst crisp mineral characters add a layer of complexity. It has great Marlborough flavours with a finish that's moreish thanks to some crisp acidity and blended fruit sweetness. Tasting

BEST BUY - Classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - The palate is choc full of clean tropical fruit combined with a flinty backbone and crisp acidity, a long persistent finish.

The Marlborough Wine Show 2011 - GOLD MEDAL

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011 - PURE GOLD

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sustainable Winegrowing International Wine Competition Trophy Decanter International Trophy

Awarded the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc producer in 2013

Lawson’s Dry Hills is on Alabama Road, Blenheim, Marlborough.

Our cellar door is open daily from 10am until 5pm, seven days a week during the summer, we are closed on all Public Holidays and winter weekends during June/July/August/September. Call us on +64 3 578 7674 or email

Licence # 052/OFF/023/2016
exp. 03/07/2019 

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