Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2009
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14% pH: 3.46. RS: 8.3g/L
TA: 5.2 g/L Brix: 23.5 - 24.2.
Low crops and perfect weather have meant that 2009 was a stunning vintage for Pinot Gris. The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Barnsley vineyard located in the inland Waihopi Valley and from our own Chaytors Road vineyard, which is just a few kilometres from the ocean. Pear and citrus aromas are matched with spiced apple and peach flavours, whilst the wine has a richly textured mouthfeel and great lenght. Low yields and the fermentation of a portion of the blend in seasoned French oak barriques has provided depth and complexity.
This wine will drink at its best over the next two to three years.
Awards & Reviews
San Francisco Chronicle
Lawson's got it's start with Gewürztraminer in 1992, and the Alsatian mind-set has endured in the heart of Sauvignon Blanc country. Big and plush, full of spiced apple and tree blossom, it has a distinct stony spice note that again channels that opulent Alsatian style. Concentrated and ready for the table.
Otago Daily Times
FOUR STARS - A mouthfilling wine with rich fruit, a hint of mineral and underlying savoury flavours and textures. It's dense, but harmonious.
The Press (Christchurch)
A powerfully floral and spicy bouquet is followed by a lightly tangy off dry, long, luscious, fruity palate. This is a stunning wine which will charm and win many devotees. A must to buy and drink over summer.
FOUR STARS - Best of New Zealand - Highly scented, with good weight and strong, slightly sweet citrus fruit, pear and spice flavours. Finely balanced and rich.
4.5 STARS / 90 points. A lovely elegant bouquet displaying pear, lemon pith and apricot characters. The palate is juicy and inviting and shows a hint of sweetness, a silky texture and well balanced acidity. Very easy on the palate with an appealing dry finish. A small portion of the juice was fermented in seasoned French oak barrels. At its best: now - 2012.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
EDITOR'S CHOICE - 90 POINTS....With only 6.5 g/L of residual sugar, this weighty wine come across as almost dry, allowing the emphasis to be on the bold notes of melon, pear and citrus. It's rich without being overtly sweet, then finishes clean, adding a touch of white pepper to the mix. Drink now - 2012.
The Age (Australia)
FOUR STARS - The New Zealanders can do Pinot Gris really well. This example from the country's "savvy blanc" heartland opens with an appealing nose of spiced fruits - apple, pears and quince. A whisper of old oak influence, seasons it. On the full flavoured palate, an essencey, smooth core of fruit is enhanced by a dab of sweetness.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS - TOP TIP.....Exquisitely balanced wine, the aromas are of apples and peaches, whilst the palate displays ripe stonefruit in as opulent style. The finish is rich and persisent, another high quality wine from this outstanding winery. Ah yes - Lawson's are well know for their aromatics, and this is an excellent example of why. It has super fruit weight with intense melon and pear flavours, entwined with clean acidity in a rich, velvety mouthful. Persistent finish too - as you would expect.
OUTSTANDING PINOT GRIS - The top wine of our tasting was ahead of the pack by a clear margin - and deservedly so - this is a wine of undoubted quality. Mid-gold colour, it has lively citrus fruit on the nose with floral notes too. The palate is unctuous and exhibits more citrus and spicy pear fruit characters with genuine complexity of flavour. Relatively dry and full-bodied, it shows the delicious mid-palate texture that good Pinot Gris is known for. This is really well balanced wine too with bright, refreshing acidity on the finish. A TOP CLASS example of New Zealand Pinot Gris.
Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
FIVE STARS - A highly scented wine, finely balanced with good weight and strong, slightly sweet citrus fruit, pear, ginger and spice flavours. Fleshy and soft with pure varietal characters, good harmony and a touch of complexity - it's already delicious.
Highly scented with good weight and strong, slightly sweet citrus fruit. Pear and spice flavour, finely balanced and rich.