Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Chardonnay 2011

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.25  RS: 2.0g/L  
TA: 7.35g/L  Brix: 22.8

Our 2011 Estate Chardonnay was produced from the low cropping and intensely flavoured Mendoza clone grapes on our Chaytors Road vineyard. This wine was cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to produce a wine with concentrated citrus and stonefruit characters, that are matched with crisp acidity and wonderful minerality. Gentle lees stirring and partial malolactic fermentation have added depth and roundness to the palate.


Made to enjoy whilst young and fresh, however this wine will develop nicely with some bottle age.

Food Match

A light lunch, cold meats, white fish or shellfish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Mendoza clone fruit from the Chaytors Road vineyard, cool fermented in stainless steel tanks to 13.5% alc. The wine was given batonnage and underway partial malolactic fermentation. Brilliant pale straw colour with green hues. The nose is fresh with intense aromas of white stone fruits and citrus, intermingling with subtle flint/mineral notes and clear butterscotch malolatic elements. The palate shows good richness and a creamy texture. The softness is countered by fresh, lacy acidity providing crispness and line. The palate is one of substance which carries well to a moderatly sustained finish. This fresh and creamy textured, unoaked Chardonnay will be a match for seafood, poultry and soft cheeses over thye next three + years.

Wine Taste Weekly

91 POINTS - Fermented purely in tank, the focus remains squarely on zesty grapefruit and crunchy white peach fruit. Without the benefit of oak, a few clever tricks in the winery - gentle lees stirring and partial malolactic fermentation - add some texture and mouthfeel to this fresh and livery style.

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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