Lawson's Dry Hills
Reserve Chardonnay 2015
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
Suited to richer dishes - Chargrilled white meats, poached salmon, scallops, creamy mild curries. Our pick is - Roasted pumpkin risotto
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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.