Lawson's Dry Hills
Reserve Chardonnay 2015

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.5  RS: 1.5g/L  
TA: 6.2g/L  Brix: 22.7 - 24.8

Our Chaytors Road vineyard with its free draining alluvial soils with a high proportion of gravel, produces consistently great Chardonnay. Once optimum ripeness was achieved , we handpicked and gently pressed the grapes into French oak barriques (25% new) for fermentation with wild yeast. The resulting wine is a grand melange of fragrant oak, bright citrus flavours and wonderful yeast derived mealy characters. The palate is full and round yet retains a focused acidity.


Four to six years

Food Match

Suited to richer dishes - Chargrilled white meats, poached salmon, scallops, creamy mild curries. Our pick is - Roasted pumpkin risotto

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Michael Cooper - Four and half stars

Estate-grown and hand-harvested off the Chaytors Road vineyard in the Wairau Valley. The 2015 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (25% new). Bright, light lemon/green, it has fragrant, slightly toasty bouquet. Fresh, full-bodied and dry, it is concentrated and complex with a good acid spine and strong, vibrant citrus and peach flavours, gently seasoned with oak. A finely balanced wine, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition - Good value.

Bob Campbell MW - 93 points

Rich and quite oaky Chardonnay with reasonably strong white peach, root ginger, grapefruit, bran biscuit and hazelnut flavours supported by tangy acidity. A weighty wine with the volume turned. Should develop well in the bottle.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2014

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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