Lawson's Dry Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2005

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Dean Boyce
Alcohol: 10%  pH: 3.3  RS: 135g/l  
TA: 9.1g/l  Brix: 32 Brix

The rich and complex nose possesses apricot and other stonefruit aromas with a hint of ginger.


Will mature gracefully for the next five to six years

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with a seletion of rich cheeses or just by itself.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine

FIVE STARS - 94 POINTS. Making good botrytised sweet wine in Marlborough is a hit-and-miss business. Just look at Lawson's Dry Hills sweet wine history ; late harvest Semillon in 2000 and 2001, then a late harvest Gewürztraminer in 2004. Sweet wines were not made in 2002 or 2003. But in 2005 it made its best ever sticky with Riesling. Very sweet and luscious with obvious botrytis influence. Light acidity offsets the wine's citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Residual sugar 125g/L.

Winestate Magazine

Pale gold with a strongly honeyed bouquet. Sweet, concentrated, slightly limey and minerally, with good weight richness...FOUR STARS.

Bob Campbell MW

90/100 Very sweet and luscious wine with obvious botrytis influence.Reasonably light acidity puts focus on opulent fruit flavours. Riesling citrus characters still evident. Lond and impressive.THIS VINTAGE CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE CELLAR DOOR.

Otago Daily Times

Botrytis or noble rot, that shrivels the grapes and concentrates the juices, gives this wine a delicious complexity and balance. It's slightly funky on the nose, with floral and herbal aromas; there a suggestion of honey, nuts butterscotch and marmalade in the mouth and a rich, lush, oily texture, despite that it dances lightly on the tongue and has a lively, crisp finish. A fine example of botrytised Marlborough Riesling, this wine will develop over several years. THIS VINTAGE CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THE CELLAR DOOR.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Late Harvest Riesling 2010

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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