Awards & Reviews
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal
The Marlborough Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal
The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016 - Silver Medal
Wine Orbit - Sam Kim - 93/100
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauignon Blanc 2016. It is fabulously aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, nectarine, feijoa and lemongrass characters. The palate is concentrated and flavoursome, and offers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, brilliantly structured by juicy acidity. The wine is up front and delectable. At its best: now to 2019. $20.00. www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz. April 2017.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - Five Stars
Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Bright pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very rich in fruit with firmly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with savoury herbs, notes of cut grass, green stonefruits and subtle hints of smoke. The aromatics are densely pack and interwoven, opening in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and lively mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, green stonefruits, and slightly savoury, smoky herb nuances. This has weight and presence, and the dense core flows smoothly along a soft-textured line with balanced acidity and energy. The wine carries to a long finish of passionfruit and green stonefruits. This is a rich and well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passionfruit, green stonefruits and savoury herb elements. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough fruit, two-thirds from the company’s Waihopai Valley and Chaytors Road vineyards, and the balance from the southern side of the Wairau Valley, 7% indigenous yeast fermented, and 6% in seasoned French oak barriques, the remainder conventionally in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $20.00
International Wine Challenge 2017 (Tranche 1) - Silver medal
Bob Campbell MW - Four Stars - 92 points
Bright, fresh, tangy Sauvignon Blanc with snow pea, juicy green capsicum, gooseberry and bright passionfruit flavours. The wine has an ethereal texture and mouth-watering finish.
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2015 - PURE SILVER MEDAL
Cuisine Magazine 169 - March 2015 - FIVE STARS
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
International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - Supreme Champion Wine in Show
International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD MEDAL
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014 - Pure Silver Medal
The Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Wine Competition Ltd - Champion Gewürztraminer
The Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Gold Medal
Sydney International Wine Competition 2014 - BLUE GOLD AWARD WINNER
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.