Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2009

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.65  RS: 9.2g/L  
TA: 5.25g/L  Brix: 23.7 - 25.4

The grapes for this wine are sourced from our Home block around the winery and from the nearby Woodward vineyard. A prefect growing season meticulous viticulture has produced a wine with intense aromatics, a rich palate and a long finish.A heady mix of rose petal, cherry blossom, lychee and exotic spice produce an alluring aroma. The palte is off-dry with a rich, round mouthfeel and flavours of lychees, tropical fruit, Turkish delight and lemon balm.


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

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with Asian influenced dishes.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

The Press (Christchurch)

Spice up your life with this impressive Marlborough aromatic from the Wright-Wiffen winemaking team. It has an understated coriander-cinnamon nose that hides a robust lychee-ginger taste. A lime-honey aftertaste, backed by a14% alcohol kick, round off a lovely Gewürztraminer. Wonderful with sweet and sour pork.

Winestate Magazine

THREE AND A HALF STARS - Generous, full bodied style with strong, spicy aromas and flavours, showing some exotic notes.

Otago Daily Times

FOUR STARS - Velvety textured with characteristic aromas and flavours of rose petals and lychees, but this year with undertones of creme brulee and toasted hazelnuts.

Wine Orbit

FIVE STARS - 94 POINTS - It's delicately perfumed on the nose displaying floral, pineapple and subtle spice characters. The palate is concentrated and finely textured with beautifully integrated acidity, leading to an extremely long juicy finish. A beautifully framed and silky wine destined to develop stunning complexity. At its best - now until 2014.

Dish Magazine

Has luscious lychee, rose and peach aromas pierced with ginger and it's fleshed out sweetness and spice. it's incredible with the sichuan, chilli and lime - Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2009 paired with prawns with sichuan and chilli lime salt.

The Age (Australia)

FOUR STARS - This Marlborough 2009 is a shade less alcholic and better balanced then the Lawson's Dry Hills 2008, and has musky pot-pourri, pungent spice, sweet citrus and lychee varietal qualities. Concentrated and unctuous, it's enriched by a dab of sweetness mid-palate. Food ideas - Paté or riper soft cheeses.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

FOUR STARS - This has been a star variety for Lawson's Dry Hills. This wine has a very full, rich and complex bouquet of rose-petals, lychees, ginger and spices, quite rounded and deep. Slightly sweet to taste, this wine is soft and oily textured, the acidity is low, as is typical of the variety. The flavours are heavy and heady with Turkish delight, honey, rose-oil, ginger-bread and savoury spices. Tghe breadth provides a decadence seldom seen in New Zealand examples. Drink this over the next two to four years with middle eastern and asian cuisine.

NZ Herald

Lovely, luscious wine from a great vintage. Drinking now, but good for five to six years. Taste the lemon peel, marmalade, candyfloss, ginger, lychee and Turkish Delight. This is perfect with Asian food. Tasting

FOUR STARS - Predominantly lychees on the nose and good tropical fruit weight on the palate, with caramel and asian spice notes and a dry finish. Lawson's always make good Gewürztraminer.

NZ Herald

I love the nose on this wine. Subtle, mineral-like aromas with hints of rose petal, lychee and a burst of candyfloss lead the way to a crisp, clean, refreshing mouthfeel with a hint of sweetness. It doesn't ooze the intense richness of the previous vintage, but has a lovely elegant presence and finish.

Hospitality Magazine

Nimble, versatile, spicy; lightly sweet with full alcohol and with the traditional Lawson's aromatics. Not pungent, yet distinctly Gewürztraminer. Fresh and alive with plenty of summer and food options. Very flavoursome with a high drinkability level. Lawson's Dry Hills have a long reputation for top wine from this grape.

The Marlborough Express

Classic Gewürztraminer aromas of Turkish delight, rose petal and lemon-honey combine to beguile... Sweet and exotically perfumed, an expectionally well integrated palate, elegant yet generous with a big lick of toffee apple, some ginger, Turkish delight and exotic mandarin liqueur flavours, which are balanced by grape skin phenolics towards the finish. The aftertaste lingers - this wine is at the top of its game.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

90 POINTS - Lawsons Dry Hills Gewürztraminer is always near the top of its class and the 2009 offers expressive scents of lychee and ginger married to a powerful, round, nearly dry palate.Finishes long and spicy.

Cuisine Magazine

FIVE STARS - A caramelly warmth envelops the palate with seductive ease. Simon Nunns commented on the attractive "gingernuts and cream" style. It's weighty ans complex and would go well with creme brulee!!(DRY)


Rose petal, lemon and melon with lots of apricot, short-pastry and some gooseberry. Peachy and full-bodied with good texture. Nice concentration, balance and lenght.

Winestate Magazine

FOUR STARS - Powerful wine, weighty, rich and rounded. Medium-dry style, slightly hot on the finish but shows excellent flavour depth, with toasty bottled-aged notes adding complexity.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer has been selected as one of New Zealand Best White Wines - Recently reviewed 2009 vintage - 90 points - Varietally evocative, featuring textbook rose-petal, lychee and spice. While it's never oily, overdone or blowsy, it's never lean, bitter or sharp. It has just enough suger to provide balance without seeming overly sweet. For consistent quality and style, no one hits the mark more often.

Gourmet Traveller

FOUR STARS - Delicately scented wine with good weight and mouthfeel in an off-dry style. It has good provenance with a proven ability to age well, a vertical tasting demonstrated that this label can drink nicely after five or six years. Two adjacent vineyards in the clay-rich Wither Hills district of Marlborough provides the grapes for this much acclaimed style.


FIVE STARS 18.5/20 - One of the best producers of Gewürztraminer in New Zealand. Lovely delicate spice aromas with a hint residual sugar to balance the mid-weight spice on the palate. Dry finish with a delicate spicy length.

The Age (Australia)

Lawson' Dry Hills has been at it since 1992 and enjoys both a reputation for producing clean, well-made wines and a cult following for its Gewürztraminer. With textbook, yet restrained lychee, rose water and musk notes, the palate is rich, without being fat, with good focus and balance....Try is with steamed snapper with chili, ginger, coriander and soy.

Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011 - GOLD MEDAL

New Zealand International Wine Show - GOLD MEDAL

International Aromatic Wine Show (NZ) - GOLD MEDAL

Hospitality Magazine

A long-time champion of this variety, Lawson's Dry Hills have cobstantly produced a bold, quite intense style, yet not heavy nor entirely dry. Balanced, alive and satisfying, a versatile wine for a whole range of food courses and showing the variety and region, nicely in harmony.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer 2008
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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