Vintage Report 2015
May 26, 2015
The 2015 harvest in Marlborough was characterised by low yields producing high quality grapes, that have in turn produced extremely expressive wines with bright aromatics and lovely flavour concentration.
Cool weather over flowering during late November and early December produced small bunches with fewer berries, whilst the drought conditions of January through to early April ensured that the berry sizes didn't increase to compensate. In the final analysis this meant that overall yields for Lawson's Dry Hills were down by 30%.
The endless sunny days and no threat of rain combined with the small crop made for a leisurely vintage for all concerned. We were able to pick each vineyard at the prefect time and give them all the love and attention they deserved in our winery.
Our harvest commenced in early March with Pinot Noir for our Rosé and concluded on April 23rd with the harvest of a delicious late harvest Chardonnay. In between these dates our Gewürztraminer came in looking as good as ever, our Pinot Noir was picked at record low yields(and with corresponding record high concentrations).
Our Sauvignon Blanc has an amazing array of aromas and flavours - from green and grassy through to passionfruit and mango, our Riesling shows the typical mouth-watering lime characters, whilst the Pinot Gris possesses wonderful texture and concentration(again due to low yields).
The work we have completed over the last eight years on our Chaytors Road Chardonnay block continues reap rewards with superb flavours and great acidity, this fantastic Chardonnay is now happily fermenting in French oak barriques.
By the time our small wine making team of permanent staff and vintage workers(representing the four corners of the earth!) really got into the swing of things the harvest was winding down.
At Lawson's Dry Hills it's always been our pleasure to bring you the very best Marlborough wines what we can produce, our rich history of making international award winning wines is something we are justifiably very proud of. We are thrilled with the quality of the 2015 vintage and believe we will produce another range of fantastic Lawson's Dry Hills wines for you to enjoy.
Lawson's Dry Hills