Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2008

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14.5%  pH: 3.66  RS: 4.7g/L  
TA: 4.4g/L  Brix: 23.6 - 25.7

Grown on clay soils at the foot of Marlborough's dry Wither Hills,the vines around our winery and the adjacent Woodward vineyard produce small aromatic berries with intense flavours.Dry in style,this full bodied wine is a rich blend of lychee,orange marmalade,exotic spices and wonderfully perfumed rose petal.The palate is rich and round showing impressive weight and concentration whilst the finish goes on forever.


Drink now if you wish or over the next six years.

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with Kung Po chicken.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

Vinote Wine Cellar Notes

Big, bold and beautiful - this is wine to wow your senses. Fragrant with floral and spice aromas, the flavours are of stonefruit, ginger and honeycomb. made almost dry this is a substantial wine that is best served with food. Tasting

FOUR STARS - Undoudtedly this wine is still very young, however it has the potential to be an absolute stunner. The flinty aromas should develop in time, on the palate the lychee fruit flavours are present in spades and are entwined with perfectly balanced acidity giving the wine richness, texture opulence. The phenolics are currently a touch hard but will soften in time - EVERY CELLAR SHOULD HAVE SOME.

Northern Advocate

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer is Marlborough wine in its typically big, opulent style. Rich and unctuous with rosepetal, lychee and ginger aromas. It's virtually dry, with a hint of bitterness(orange peel) on the finish.

Wine Orbit

FIVE STARS - 93 points. It's fresh and fragrant showing classic Gewürztraminer aromas of rose petal, Turkish delight and ripe stonefruit characters on the nose. The palate is superbly concentrated with rich texture, rounded mouthfeel and modest acidity. it's up front and delicious already, should evolve into an even more opulent and generous wine with age. At its best now to 2013.

The Press (Christchurch)

Wonderfully aromatic florals, precede bold flavours of ginger and spicy pears. Rich and weighty with lovely balance and a very long finish. A fabulous wine that was prefect with fish in chilli and turmeric sauce.

Dominion Post

Consistently one of the finest Gewürztraminers in New Zealand and this is an excellent example of what has become a Marlborough classic. Spice and citrus, soft, substantial and slightly drier than the last vintage.

Winestate Magazine

FOUR STARS - BEST OF REGIONAL NEW ZEALAND. Fleshy and soft with ripe concentrated lychee and spice flavours, pure and intensely varietal.

The Age (Australia)

FOUR STARS - Gewürztraminer is a success in New Zealand, and this Marlborough wine accurately captures Gewürztraminer's exotic spice, lychee, rosewater and candied citrus aromas. Musky, richly flavoured and concentrated, its ripe fruit hints at sweetness. There a bit of alcoholic heat on the aromatic finish, but its varietal expression is spot on.

Sydney International Wine Competition 2011 - BLUE GOLD AWARD.

Royal Easter Show (NZ) - GOLD MEDAL

Hawke's Bay Today

I love this wine because the florals are so lifted and varietal with fresh lychee, soft spices and white peach. On the palate it's rich and mouth coating, but crisp and vibrant at the same time.

Cuisine Magazine

FOUR STARS - Lawson's Dry Hills splendid record with Gewürztraminer continues with this accomplished wine. A little less extroverted than past versions, it is gently persuasive, lush, balanced, lasting and charming.

Otago Daily Times

FOUR STARS - Lawson's Dry Hills have produced distinguished Gewürztraminer since 1992 and this vintage is no exception with an inviting fragrance, hints of tropical fruit, lychees and ginger. It is both dry and mouthfilling and it will develop with a year or so's bottle age.

Mindfood Magazine

I enjoy this powerful Gewürztraminer more every time it is poured over the course of a few days, admiring its power, weight and bone dry flavours(technically it's off-dry, however you'd never know it by the taste). Top Gewürztraminers are rare these days, having fallen off the radar for most wine lovers. If you're willing to venture out of your comfort zone, reacquaint yourself with the fresh, spicy, lychee deliciousness of a good Gewürztraminer.

F & B Magazine

Another delicious style from Lawson's Dry Hills, a little more subtle in its spices this year which enhances the texture without losing the strenght and power of the wine. A fine New Zealand classic, established for well over a decade as a great Gewürztraminer statement.

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines

FOUR AND A HALF STARS - This is consistently one of the country's most impressive Gewürztraminers. Fleshy and soft with ripe lychee, ginger and spice flavours. Pure, intensely varietal and very harmonious.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2007

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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