Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/ Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 14%  pH: 3.12  RS: 3.0g/L  
TA: 7.1g/L  Brix: 22.2 - 23.4

This wonderfully aromatic wine was produced from grapes from two vineyards, the Barnsley vineyard in the Waihopai Valley and the Langlois vineyard in the Wairau Valley. The Barnsley fruit contributes the lifted passionfruit characters and the acid focus of the palate, whilst the Langlois fruit provides the ripe aromatics and lovely weight. The finished wine displays a dazzling array of herbal, tropical and passionfruit aromas. The palate has superb intensity, weight and texture.


Two to three years will add extra complexity and interest.

Food Match

Baked salmon with roasted red capsicum (bell peppers) and asparagus.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Sold out at the cellar door

Awards & Reviews

Michael Cooper Buyers Guide 2014 - FIVE STARS

Weighty and vibrantly fruity, with deliciously punchy passionfruit/lime flavours and a tight, finely poised sustained finish. Best drinking in 2014.

Marlborough Express

No point beating around the bush - this wine has a fantastic aroma; lemon grass, citrus - a lovely ripe fruity/herbal blend with a soft floral note sitting in the background. The weighty, ripe palate delivers plenty of passionfruit and citrus flavours with clean, crisp herbaceous definition. Avery generous full-bodied wine that will suit a special occasion and deserves its 'Reserve' title. Both the Sauvignon Blancs reviewed here are proof that, when well-made, a good savy will age with increasing generosity in terms of taste and texture. They will partner baked salmon or light white meats.

International Wine Challenge 2014 (U.K.) - SILVER MEDAL

Aromatic with taut citrus notes and a vibrant backbone of acidity and a fresh finish.

Cuisine Magazine - FOUR & HALF STARS

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - FIVE STARS

Lifted aromatics emerge from a deeply packed core of ripe of tropical and passionfruit, lime, florals and sweet herbs. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied. A packed and densely concentrated heart of sweet and slippery passionfruit is the main feature.

Otago Daily Times - FOUR STARS

Pungent with a hint of minerality and sweet fruits - kiwi, citrus. Held in restraint at present by the tight acidity and dry finish. This is unusually restrained for a Sauvignon Blanc, but I suspect a few more months will allow it to reveal its potential.

The New Zealand International Wine Show - SILVER MEDAL.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014 - Pure Silver Medal

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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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