Awards & Reviews

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

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Bob Campbell MW - 92 points - 4 Stars

26/07/2016

  Scented Pinot Noir with rich dark-fleshed plums, black cherry and smoky oak flavours. A succulent wine with a good backbone of drying tannins that help a lengthy finish. Good now, better with a little bottle-age.

International Cool Climate Wine Show - Australia - Silver medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal
The Marlborough Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal

Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2016

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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 - Silver medal

The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2015

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Bob Campbell MW - 93 points

26/08/2017

  Richer, creamier and sweet than the regular label with a hint of toffee, guava, poached pear, anise and spice. A delicately luscious wine in an appealing style. Serve well chilled as a great aperitif or with moderately spicy dishes.

Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver medal

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Bob Campbell - 95 Points

31/10/2016

  Weighty wine with greater concentration and complexity than the regular label. Passionfruit, struck match, mineral and green capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of cashew nut. An impressive wine with development potential.

Taste Magazine (NZ) - Best Sauvignon Blancs $20.00-$30.00

Weighty wine with impressive concentration and complexity. Passionfruit, struck match/mineral and green capsicum flavours with a suggestion of cashew nut.

Bob Campbell MW - Five Stars - 95 points.

Weighty wine with greater concentration and complexity than the regular label. Passionfruit, struck match, mineral and green capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of cashew nut. An impressive wine with development potential

Cuisine Magazine issue 180 - Five Stars and Top 10

Smokey intrigue greets the nostrils. Aline of flinty smokiness extends across the palate, providing focus and texture, harmonising with the white peach and greengage notes. This is a wine you would happily match with steamed Marlborough mussels.

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2015

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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.

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2015

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Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide - Five stars
Cuisine March 2017 - issue 181 - FOUR AND A HALF STARS

Four and a half stars - Fruit from some of the oldest Gewürztraminer vines in the country contributes to this perennially fine version. Joyously floral and fragrant, it has attractive purity and zesty lift in the mouth. "A balanced wine oozing personality and charm" noted Cameron Douglas.

International Winme Challenge 2017 Tranche 1) - Silver medal
Bob Campbell MW - Four and half stars

03/11/2016

Lawson's Dry Hills have produced one of Marlborough's top examples of Gewürztraminer for many years. It's an off-dry style, with masses of Turkish Delight, rose petal, lychee, pot-pourri varietal flavours and a suggestion of clove spice on the finish. Slightly prominent alcohol (3/11/2016)

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016 - Trophy Champion Gewürztraminer - Plumm Glassware Trophy - Gold medal.

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2013

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Bob Campbell MW - Four stars - 90 points

Quite a dense, flavoursome Pinot Noir with plum, dark cherry and berry flavours plus a strong influence of toasty French oak. A tad closed right now but should become more accessible with bottle age. (26/7/2016)

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2015

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Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 - GOLD MEDAL
Cuisine March 2017 issue 181 - FIVE STARS - BEST BUY

  Five stars - best buy....A whiff of toast mingles with lifted Rose's lime juice scents. In the mouth this Riesling has length and elegance, lime and stonefruit notes propelled by fine ripe acidity. Serve it alongside a salad of rocket, heirloom tomatoes and grilled eggplant.

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2014

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Bob Campbell MW - Four Stars
Taste Magazine (NZ) - Best Rieslings under $20.00

  Medium dry Riesling with good acidity and slightly green and edgy flavours that suggest lime, white flowers an granny smith apple.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2016 - Silver Medal

May 2016

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015 - PURE SILVER MEDAL

November 2015

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013

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Cuisine Magazine 169 - March 2015 - FIVE STARS

March 2015

This wineries Gewürztraminer consistently impresses. The conditions were there in 2013 to do so again and the team at Lawson's Dry Hills has delivered. Lychee and rosewater notes unfold gently on the palate - this medium-style wine has the poise, depth and structural ease that come with old vine fruit.

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015 - GOLD MEDAL

March 2015

International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - Supreme Champion Wine in Show

October 2014

International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD MEDAL

October 2014

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014 - Pure Silver Medal

November 2014

The Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Wine Competition Ltd - Champion Gewürztraminer

November 2014

The Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Gold Medal

November 2014

Sydney International Wine Competition 2014 - BLUE GOLD AWARD WINNER

December 2014

International Wine Challenge (Tranche 1) 2015 - Silver Medal

Pure and clean, perfumed rose petals, exotic fruits. off-dry, round, creamy mid-palate and a spicy finish.

The Pioneer Chardonnay 2011

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Bob Campbell MW - Five stars - 95 points

12/2/2015

Pale gold, chicken stock, flint, touch of smoke and musk on the nose. Quite recital and interesting on the palate, minerally with a nutty, meal dimension. Perhaps a bit oak dominant, that being said it has acidity to counteract the richness. (12/2/2015)