Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.2  RS: 2.6g/L  
TA: 7.5g/L  Brix: 21.4 - 23

The wonderfully dry and warm 2009 vintage produced clean ripe fruit with intense varietal characters of passionfruit, melon and aromatic herbs.

A portion of the blend that was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques adds depth and texture to the well balanced palate. Crisp acidity and concentrated citrus characters provides complexity and wonderful length.


This wine will develop well in the bottle over the next three to four years. The dominant fresh frui

Food Match

Fresh, pan fried fish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews Tasting

The top Sauvignon Blanc in this tasting and a good example of how good the 2009 vintage can be. Distinctly ripe tropical fruit aromas abound and blossom on the palate, where they are seamlessly integrated with zingy acidity, resulting in citrus, almost marmalade nuances. Mouthfilling, lengthy and persistent.

Sydney Morning Herald

91/100This is a less pungent style from Marlborough, with a more minerally, straw-like aroma and a leaner, tighter, finer palate without sweetness to prop it up. Quite high acidity makes it a very good seafood wine. Good nervy intensity and palate focus.

Nicks Wine Merchants

94 POINTS - Very pale straw colour with greenish tinge. The nose displays typical Marlborough intensity with aromas of ripe gooseberry and passionfruit, followed by some citrus and spice end notes. The palate delivers mouthfilling flavours of gooseberry, tropical fruits and citrus with some spicy back palate characters. A clean crisp, refreshing finish with a long aftertaste of gooseberry, spice and citrus.

Hospitality Magazine

Fresh and tasty, some great depth and spiciness with the traditional raciness of Marlborough. A very nice style from a top vintage; drinking well now through summer and into 2011 at least. Lawson's Dry Hills at their best.

Wine Orbit

92 POINTS - A pungent nose displaying lime zest, musk and red current notes. It's lush and rounded on the palate with zesty acidity, a well weighted mid palate leading to a lingering crisp finish. It's mouthwatering and very tasty. At its best: now to 2012.

Otago Daily Times

FOUR STARS - GOOD VALUE. Pungent and zesty, this is typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc oozing blackcurrant leaves, gooseberries and a suggestion of fresh sweat - the first sip will blow you away.

Wine Spectator

91 Points - Light in style, but generous in flavour, offering fresh coconut-scented pineapple and lime flavours. Finishing with a creamy texture against zippy acidity.

Winestate Magazine

FOUR AND HALF STARS - Dry, slightly minerally wine, weighty and finely balanced, with a small portion of barrel fermentation adding complexity. Mouthfilling, with ripe, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a subtle seasoning of oak, and excellent delicacy and length.

The Press (Christchurch)

A RIGHT ROYAL DROP - A splendidly regal Sauvignon Blanc from one of the best small Marlborough wineries. Aromas of passionfruit combine with gooseberry, guave and mandarin flavours. Unexpected hints of spice lingered somewhere in the beautifully crisp finish.

The Marlborough Express

AROMA - A tangy, rich tropical aroma with a smack of gooseberry and lemongrass to give some lift. Some softer floral notes and a hint of yeasty lees added interest. TASTE - A bracing, crisp acid spine sits well with some warm spiciness and a lovely blend of intense tropical flavour - passionfruit, pineapple and the softer taste of melon. This tropical mix is made intense by the addition powerful, grassy, citrusy flavours that wrap up with a lick of sweet lime at the finish. An intense wine what has considerable weight for a Sauvignon Blanc; that weight suggests some lees work and we were later proven correct. A small portion of the wine was fermented in seasoned French oak. Fruit ripeness was essential to this wine's success because it's a powerful mouthful - another big wine from this reliable label.

Winestate Magazine

Dry, slightly minerally wine, weighty and finely balanded with a small portion of barrel fermentation adding complexity. Mouthfilling with tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a subtle seasoning of oak and excellent delicacy and length.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 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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