Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2008

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.30  RS: 2.0g/L  
TA: 6.3g/L  Brix: 24

Our Chardonnay 2008 is a great expression of this variety. Grapefruit and peach flavours lead to a concentrated palate with wonderful minerality and fine acidity. Fermentation in oak barriques has produced well integrated vanilla, subtle spice notes as well as adding structure and body to the wine.


This wine should age nicely through to 2014, developing aged characters and added complexity.

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with poached salmon with hollandaise sauce.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

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Awards & Reviews

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Mendoza clone fruit from the Chaytors Road vineyard, wild yeast fermented in 25% new French oak barriques. Aged ten months in in oak with lees stirring for two months and partial malolactic conversion. Bright, light, golden straw yellow in colour, has a soft, full voluminous nose of ripe yellow stonefruits, peaches and a core of citrus. Attractively intergrated barrel-fermention mealy and nutty aromas unfold and the bouquet is one of richness and harmony. Full bodied, this is a powerful and rich wine, with rounded textures and lush tropical and stonefruit flavours. The oaking is subtle and melds into the flavour profile which shows nuances of nuts, flint and butter. Creamy textures from the barrel-work and bottle development flow to a gentle finish. This wine is maturing attractively and will be a good match with poultry, pork and veal.

Cuisine Magazine

Another wine with a few years behind it, showing toasty, nutty bottle- aged flavours wrapped around a core of intense lemon and lime-infused fruit. A hint of sweetness, textural softness and purity all contribute to a very charming package.

Wine Orbit

A nicely matured Chardonnay showing golden apple, peach and citrus characters, with subtle vanillin oak notes. The palate is ripe and round with a broad mouthfeel and a lingering crisp finish. The wine shows good harmony and bottle matured complexity.


Developed yellow colour. Nice biscuity, mineral complexity on the nose with toasty oak. Plenty of citrus fruit flavours in good concentration; roasted almond and short pastry. Big wine, weighty and full-bodied with moderate complexity and a good, firm acid finish.

Winestate Magazine

Fresh lifted complexity of tropical aromas and piercing intensity of peach-like varietal fruit flavours. The well balanced palate is soft, rich and creamy in the mouth.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012 - GOLD MEDAL-ELITE

Royal Easter Wine Show - GOLD MEDAL


Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Chardonnay 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2007
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough 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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