Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2008

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 12.5%  pH: 2.92  RS: 11g/L  
TA: 8.5g/L  Brix: 21.9

The 2008 season lent itself to the creation of an excellent Riesling in an off-dry style, with a small amount of noble botrytis adding richness and complexity. Grapes from our own Waihopai vineyard were harvested in prefect condition and gently pressed. the resulting juice was fermented at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Lemon, lime, mandarin peel and peach aromas leap out of the glass, while the palate is off-dry (11g/L residual sugar) and nicely balanced by strong citrus fruit acidity. The concentration and length are impressive, and mean that this wine will age nicely over the next three to four years.


This wine will age nicely over the next three to four years.

Food Match

White fish and other seafood.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

Hospitality Magazine

A very nicely developed Riesling with the maturity of gentle kerosene showing in the background. Lovely texture, rich yet almost dry. Back label tells us... A hint of botrytis has added its own complexity and this works well also. Delicious in the mouth, a fine wine on the bar by the glass, as well as with seafood, vegetarian and veal courses. Good drinking now, into 2013.

F & B Magazine

They are one of the best aromatic wine producers, and this beauty displays inviting aromas of ripe citrus, honey and floral characters with a hint of spice on the nose. The palate is lush and sumptuous with subtle sweetness and bright acidity, leading to a lingering delicious finish.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

This wine has a very fine nose with concentrated aromas of citrus fruits, minerals, floral perfumes and complex secondary toasty notes. This is an elegant wine on the palate, off -dry with excellent intensity of citrus fruit, minerals, toast and smoke, the delicate sweetness is superbly balanced by racy acidity. Very fine textures provide excellent line and a long, dry finish. This is a classic Marlborough Riesling, beginning to develop bottle aged interest. Drink as an aperitif or with asian chicken dishes over the next three to five years. Tasting

BEST BUY - Stonefruit and citrus aromas pave the way to peach and lime flavours with balanced acidity, mineral elements and a silky texture. The finish is off dry and there is a good length of flavour. Elegant and classy.

Hospitality Magazine

Citrus and stone fruit aromas with mandarin peel, lemon juice and a hint of lime, then grated apple. The low pH of 2.92 has provided a powerful concentration of acidity that is perfectly balanced by a core of fruit and some residual sugar. A very mild honey note also adds flavour and weight. The finish is long and full of citrus and light apricot nuances.

Cuisine Magazine

Ever consistant Lawson's Dry Hills deals up yet another aromatic ace. This older wine has agolden glow and a lovely buttered toast quality. It has good concentration and has settled into itself, yet is still fresh. Enjoy it with creamy duck parfait. (Medium dry).

Gourmet Traveller


Yellow with a greenish hue. Shows development on the nose; some petroleum and limely citrus. Dry palate; excellent concentration and depth. Nicely maturing lime juice flavours with some chalk and minerals. Lovely texture in the mouth with very refined acidity and balance.

Winestate Magazine

Toasty nose, showing good complexity. Fleshy with citrusy, slightly honeyed flavours in a medium-dry style. Showing excellent depth and length.

Irish Daily Star

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2008 from Marlborough is off-dry and laden with lemon, lime, mandarin peel and peaches.

Irish Daily Star

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2008 from Marlborough is off-dry and laden with lemon, lime, mandarin peel and peaches.

Sydney International Wine Competition 2012 - TOP 100 - BLUE GOLD AWARD, TROPHY - Best value, Dry white table wine, TROPHY - Best Aromatic.

Winestate Magazine

Interesting nose - smells of cumquats, intense and lingering, passionfruit like flavours, seamlessly balanced by crisp, lively acidity. - March/April 2011 - Drinking well now. Pale yellow, fleshy and rounded with ripe grapefruit flavours, concentrated, slightly toasted and lingering.

Wine Orbit

91 POINTS - A very reliable label delivering once again gorgeous flavours of lemon/lime, floral and beeswax. The palate is intensely flavoured showing subtle sweetness(11g/L), racy acidity and a lingering delicious finish. The gentle influence of botrytis provides lovely honey notes and extra dimension. At its best:- now till 2013.

Cuisine Magazine

BEST BUY - This concentrated older wine shows good "toast and marmalade" development and has an underlying minerality. Sarah-Kate Dineen applauded the "tight lovely guave and feijoa flavours". Jane Boyle's verdict: "Sensual".

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2010
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2009
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2007
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2006
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2005

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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