The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2009
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14.5% pH: 3.6 RS: 21.6g/L
TA: 3.8g/L Brix: 25.4 - 26
Produced from fruit grown on Ross and Barbara Lawson's first vineyard. The Gewürztraminer from this vineyard has become legendary. Medium in style, this wine has a rich, round mouthfeel with great concentration and displays wonderful aromatics.
We expect this wine to age in a very graceful way over the next five to six years.
All the foods that you enjoy with a great Gewürztraminer.
Awards & Reviews
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
The debut 2009 vintage was estate-grown, harvested at an average of over 25 brix, with some botrytis shrivel and was partly barrel-fermented. The bouquet is rich and highly spiced; the palate powerful, very soft and concentrated, with deep lychee, spice and ginger flavours, considerable complexity and strong drink-young appeal.
Sunday Star Times
I have loved Gewürztraminer for as long as I can remember and this year, there were a number of great wines that made it hard tp pick a favourite. Lawson's Dry Hills makes a fabulous 'regular' Gewürztraminer, however winemaker Marcus Wright has gone one better and made this premium Pioneer wine , which is stunning.
Ross and Barbara Lawson started making wine in Marlborough back in 1992 and I have followed their wines every step of the way. Along with a superb Sauvignon Blanc, a decent Pinot Noir too, they were the first people to nail the Gewürztraminer grape in New Zealand. I remember writing it up regularly in my Daily Mail column and including it in my annual wine guide - The Wine List. It struck me as strange that only one winery in the whole country had managed to capture the essence of this exotic grape. The lychee, rose petal and slippery tropical fruit flavours, coupled with a pert, refreshing, lively finish, never ceased to make me smile. I have drunk cases of this wine at Asian banquets and always found it a joy. Saw Barbara in January and she proudly poured me a glass of the 2009 vintage - It is, without question the finest Gewürztraminer that I have tasted, not only from New Zealand, but from anywhere outside Alsace. This wine is a true testament to the great husband and wife team who created it and I encourage you to taste just how beautiful it is.
Grown on the original vineyard(Alabama Road) with some botrytis(noble rot) and barrel fermentation influence. This is a full-bodied, distinctly medium style with a voluminous, intensely spicy bouquet and a powerful surge of deliciously soft, rich lychee, ginger and spice flavours. Drink now or cellar.
From the Lawson's original vineyard. Excellent aromatics with plenty of spice and flavour, tasting almost. A lot of fruit qualities here reminds us that this variety has always been a Lawson's Dry Hills strong-point.
Sunday Star Times
Luscious and silky with oodles of personality, this wine has some residual sweetness, making it really desirable.
WINE OF THE WEEK - Lush, full bodied, intensely concentrated Gewürztraminer with a rich core of flavour. Winemaker Marcus Wright fermented half of this wine in barrek, which adds volume, weight and texture.
This is one of our best Gewürztraminers. The usual rainbow of flavours: lychee, rose petal, dried fruits, lemon and spice. Medium style.
A must try wine of the year. Perfumed and exotic, showing stone fruit and spice, followed by a velvety mouthfeel.
Joelle Thomson (what I'm drinking)
Lush, rose petally Gewürztraminer...Stunning white wine with easily more concentration than the Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer. Winemaker Marcus Wright says that with both early and late picked Gewürztraminer grapes, there was an interesting range of flavours from which to pick and choose to make this wine with. This has about twenty grams residual sugar, so it is a very off dry style. Half the wine was barrel fermented, adding volume, weight and texture.
Bob Campbell MW
93/100 - One of Marlborough's top Gewürztraminer producers is right on form this vintage. Concentrated, succulent wine with masses of lychee, rose petal and star anise flavours. Medium in style with a lingering finish. Very classy wine that has evolved beautifully since first tasted four months ago.
Sommelier Wine Awards(U.K.) 2012 - GOLD MEDAL.
95 POINTS - Concentrated, succulent wine with masses of lychee, rose petal and star anise flavours. Medium in style with a lingering finish. Very classy wine that has evolved beautifully since first tasted four months ago.
The Press (Christchurch)
Gewürz means spice in German, and this grape variety is always aromatic. Lychees and fruit punch flavours are to the fore, made more intense by the Marlborough sunshine. It's got good length and the flavours linger. One of the few wines we would drink with asian food; it shines alongside beef stir fry.
Sunday Star Times
I have loved Gewürztraminer for as long as I can remember and this year there were a number of great wines that made it hard to pick a favourite. Lawson's Dry Hills make a fabulous regular Gewürztraminer, however winemaker Marcus Wright has gone one better and made the premium The Pioneer wine, which is stunning. And when Barbara Lawson signs her email from her and Tomi the dog, what's not to love?.
Nicks Wine Merchants
The nose displays good lift with exotic aromas of lychee, musk, tropical fruit and spice. Outstanding concentration with luscious, rich, mouthfilling flavours of lychee, honeysuckle, tropical fruits, spice and a hint of spice. Excellent length. Slightly broad with a soft, round almost creamy texture. Long after taste of honeysuckle, lychee and spice. Try with Asian foods - Drink over the next Eighteen months.