Awards & Reviews

Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2014

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New Zealand International Wine Show - Silver Medal

September 2014

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2013

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New Zealand International Wine Show 2014 - Silver Medal

September 2014

International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - Silver Medal

October 2014

Decanter World Wine Awards - Bronze medal

June 2014

Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 - Silver Medal

July 2014

International Wine Challenge (Tranche 2) 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL

Restrained minerality on the nose, evident sweetness and really citric flavour.

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013

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Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Gold Medal

October 2014

International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - Supreme Champion Wine in Show

October 2014

International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014 - Gold Medal

October 2014

International Wine Challenge (Tranche 2) 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL

May 2014

Luscious, ultra-ripe and tropical fruits with spice and floral notes; very pleasant palate with a soft, dry finish.

The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2013

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The Dish - FOUR STARS

April-May issue 2014

Judges comments - This is a sweeter style of Gewürztraminer that's especially golden and pretty in the glass."I love the caramelized, honeyed notes; grilled peach, lychee and ginger on the nose," said Yvonne. "And it's super succulent on the palate". Andrew described it as " a decadent style, which has great freshness and balance".

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2012

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Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Silver Medal

October 2014

Cuisine Magazine - Four Stars

Novenber 2014 - issue 167

The Marlborough Wine Show 2013 - TROPHY + GOLD MEDAL

2013 Competition.

Winner of The Classic Oak Products Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2013-2012-2011-2010 and older.

International Wine Challenge (U.K.) 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Marlborough Express

May 16th 2014

No point beating around the bush - this wine has a fantastic aroma; lemon grass, citrus - a lovely ripe fruity/herbal blend with a soft floral note sitting in the background. The weighty, ripe palate delivers plenty of passionfruit and citrus flavours with clean, crisp herbaceous definition. Avery generous full-bodied wine that will suit a special occasion and deserves its 'Reserve' title. Both the Sauvignon Blancs reviewed here are proof that, when well-made, a good savy will age with increasing generosity in terms of taste and texture. They will partner baked salmon or light white meats.

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Bronze Medal

June 2014

The Press - Zest - Review

February 26th 2014

SATISFYING SAV.... I've long been a fan of Lawson's Dry Hills and while favourites can easily fade in the wine world, this reserve wine is the winery at its best. It's light coloured, brimful of zingy, intense tropical fruit in a lovely balanced style. CLASSY AND SATISFYING.

Otago Daily Times - FOUR STARS

February 26th 2014

Pungent with a hint of minerality and sweet fruits - kiwi, citrus. Held in restraint at present by the tight acidity and dry finish. This is unusually restrained for a Sauvignon Blanc, but I suspect a few more months will allow it to reveal its potential.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - FIVE STARS

December 2013

Lifted aromatics emerge from a deeply packed core of ripe of tropical and passionfruit, lime, florals and sweet herbs. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied. A packed and densely concentrated heart of sweet and slippery passionfruit is the main feature.

Cuisine Magazine - FOUR STARS

December 2013

Easter Show Wine Awards 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL.

2014 Competition

Marlborough Wine Show 2013 - BRONZE MEDAL

2013 Competition

The New Zealand International Wine Show - SILVER MEDAL.
International Wine Challenge 2014 (U.K.) - SILVER MEDAL

Aromatic with taut citrus notes and a vibrant backbone of acidity and a fresh finish.

Michael Cooper Buyers Guide 2014 - FIVE STARS

Weighty and vibrantly fruity, with deliciously punchy passionfruit/lime flavours and a tight, finely poised sustained finish. Best drinking in 2014.

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2012

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Cuisine Magazine - FOUR STARS

March 2014 - Issue 163

The Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - International Trophy For Dry Aromatic Under £15.00/Gold Medal

JUne 2014

A rich style with heady, exotic and very floral aromas, showing good varietal character and a steely, mineral notes. The lemon-edged palate has lychees, Turkish Delight, apricot, rose petals and honeysuckle, with an oily texture and lovely pear skin notes on the finish.

Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 - Silver Medal

July 2014

WineNZ magazine - FOUR STARS

Autumn 2014 issue

A pretty, sweet-fruited, floral nose with some spicy, yeasty influence. Dry on the palate, firm and well balanced with good intensity of lychee, rose petal and apricot. Shows moderate concentration and nice depth of flavour. Lithe and long with just a hint of warmth showing on the finish. This should develop greater complexity with a little time in the bottle.

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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Marlborough Express

July 3rd 2014

Vibrant, lifted and enticing are words to sum up the aroma. Gooseberry, freshly cut grass and melon notes set the scene. A lovely, fleshy wine with a blend of creamy and crisp notes. Concentrated, deeply flavoured with plenty of lime and tropicla notes. The integrated, full-bodied palate is textured with an overlay of apple/citrus notes from start to finish. Tomato leaf aromas add interest and soft minerality ensures the finish is refreshingly dry.A delightful wine, oozes class and just waiting to be enjoyed.

Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 - Silver Medal

July 2014

Otago Daily Times - FOUR STARS

Febraury 26th 2014

BEST VALUE....Fragrant with hints of mineral, dusty river stones, ripe fruits and herbs, this has all the fresh, mouth-filling intensity you expect from Marlborough. Finishes with a nicely balanced, crisp acidity. Although delicious now, it will probably be at its best in twelve months or so.

Cuisine Magazine (NZ) - FIVE STARS AND BEST BUY (December 2013)

December 2013

A touch of barrel fermentation enriches and rounds out the texture. The vociferous, ripe-fruit presence, brimming with intense yellow plum and peach flavours makes a strong statement.

Falstaff Magazine - Austria

April 2014

Sauvignon Blanc International (tasted by Peter Moser) Bright yellow green, a touch of pink grapefruit, under laid with fine yellow tropical fruits and fine leaved spices. Medium complexity, white fruit, fine acid structure. Already drinking well, offers uncomplicated drinking pleasure, showing good complexity and length.

Easter Show Wine Awards 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL

2014 Competition

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2014 - SILVER MEDAL

2014 Competition

Avenues International Aromatic Wine Competition N.Z. 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

2013 Competition.

Marlborough Wine Show 2013 - Silver Medal

2013 Competion.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013 - Pure Silver Medal.