Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2011

Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 13.8%  pH: 3.60  RS: 7.0g/L  
TA: 4.9g/L  Brix: 23.4 - 24.2

Sourced from the Barnsley and the company vineyards in the beautiful Waihopai Valley, where clay soils and a unique climate produce intensley flavoured Pinot Gris grapes. Careful attention to viticulture, together with gentle nurturing in the winery has produced a wine with lifted pear drop and honeysuckle aromatics, whilst the palate displays red apple and citrus flavours. The combination of low yields, fermentation of part of the blend in seasoned French oak barriques and lees stirring has produced a wine with wonderful texture, complexity and length.


This wine will develop slowly over the next two to three years, becoming richer with honey, toast an

Food Match

Spicy crab cakes, strong cheeses or cold chicken

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

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Awards & Reviews

Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2011 is straw gold in colour and has a tantalising tropical fruit aroma that's infused with tangelo zest. It seduces me instantly, as do the juicy and delicious flavours. Crammed with apples, pears, citrus and honeydew melon. There are some classic Pinot Gris characters and a bready richness to the finish that suggests a decent length of time on yeast lees.

Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)

Youthful and full of ripe flavours - peach, pear, pineapple and floral. The palate is succulent and silky smooth with subtle sweetness and nicely integrated acidity. Richly textured and fabulously long on the finish.

Hospitality Magazine

Sound, clean and fresh, With seasoned oak only just noticeable. A lovely pear character is starting to emerge and will show beautifully over the summer and into 2013.

Otago Daily Times

FOUR STARS - GOOD VALUE - Fragrant and zesty with hints of pungent herbs and flowers, a silky texture and lots of character. Oozes mouthfilling fruit with hints of nuts. Not for the faint-hearted.

The Press (Christchurch)

A very good wine from the start of its yellow gold(with just a tinge of pink colour) through to the long luscious and satisfying finish. The middle bits are juicy, rich and complex with plenty of classic apple and pear Pinot Gris flavours. Top wine from a top producer.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

FOUR STARS - This has a full, aromatic bouquet of exotic florals and yellow stone fruits, lifted with youthful fermentation esters. The nose has richness and depth. Dryish to taste and full-bodied, restrained stone fruit flavours and subtle spice notes gently fill the palate. The mouthfeel is soft, rounded and near unctuous, the low acidity and unobtrusive alcohol contributing to to a sense of generosity. The wine has good depth and length, with nuances of spice and lifted esters showing on the finish. Avery aromatic wine, that will develop greater richness and flavour over the next three to four years.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Gris 2008

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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