Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.22  RS: 3.0 g/L  
TA: 7.4g/L  Brix: 21.8 - 23.7

Glorious weather during summer and autumn produced grapes with intense flavour, that were picked at optimum ripness. Our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc has an abundance of the passionfruit, citrus and fresh herbal characters that Marlborough is so well known for. The paltae has great concentration and balance, with crisp acidity giving wonderful length. Fermentation of a small portion in seasoned French oak barriques has added complexity and texture to the palate making this a wine to savour.


This wine will develop well in the bottle over the next three to four years and will take on added c

Food Match

Strong cheeses or grilled fish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Gourmet Traveller

87 POINTS - Delicately flavoured wine with impressive purity and good length. Mineral, passionfruit and gooseberry flavours. A bone-dry style with tangy acidity. Good food wine from one of Marlborough's founding producers.

Vintage Direct (AUS)

94 POINTS - Brilliant, very pale straw colour with greenish tinge around the edges. The nose displays intense aromas of ripe gooseberry and passionfruit, followed by some tropical fruit and lime notes. Excellent concentration with mouthfilling flavours of gooseberry and passionfruit followed by a crisp zesty citrus and mineral finish. Long aftertaste of gooseberry, passiofruit and citrus.

Daily Mail (UK)

The 2009 is also a hit, but dip your nose into the 2010 for a firework of aromatherapy, with fresh cut grass, asparagus, lime zest and elderflower.

Hospitality Magazine

Strong, true-to-variety style with good body, plenty of tangy fruit and a freshness balanced between ripe and quite intense flavours with a clean purity that underlines everything positive. Ready now, clearly no hurry for two years; fit beside antipasta, white meats and seafood.

Nicks Wine Merchants

The nose displays intense aromas of ripe gooseberry and passionfruit, followed by some tropical and lime notes. Excellent concentration, with mouthfilling flavours of gooseberry and passionfruit, followed by a crisp, zesty citrus and mineral finish....long aftertaste of gooseberry, passionfruit and citrus.

Wine Orbit

93 POINTS - This is packed with appealing feijoa, grapefruit and herbaceous characters. The palate is full, lively and intense, with a succulent mouthfeel and a lingering crisp finish. A small portion was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques, but the fruit richness is the star here...Just great drinking.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

This wine has a fine, tightly bound, concentrated nose of passionfruit, english gooseberries, nuances of tropical fruit and pungency, with a steely line of minerals. Dryn on the palate, this has a lovely crisp and tight expression of tropical fruit/passionfruit that still manages to show a degree of succulence. The acidity is also fine and provides an elegance to the mouthfeel and enhances the long, lingering finish. Yet to show its best, it will open out over the next year and will be an excellent match with shellfish for another three to four years. Tasting

Passionfruit and cut grass on the nose with sweet, ripe tropical fruit flavours on the palate, allied to gentle acidity and a clean finish.

Wine Spectator

90 POINTS - Intensley vibrant, with a mouthwatering acidity and intense lemon, lime and grapefruit flavours. Offers wonderful persistence and focus, with hints of tropical flavours on the finish.

Wine Spectator


The Press (Christchurch)

Pack a picnic lunch and chill out with this delightful Marlborough savvy from the Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen winemaking team. It has a pale gold hue, an intriguing passionfruit aroma and a robust gooseberry taste that flows into a zingy lime-lemon finish. CLASSY STUFF.

Otago Daily Times

Pungent with a suggestion of fresh sweat, this oozes with mouthfilling passionfruit and green kiwifruit, balanced by a crisp, textural finish. Give it a few more months in the bottle to mellow. GOOD VALUE.

Hospitality Magazine

Strongly flavoured, dry and quite potent, a small change on the style this vintage provides a well balanced and gutsy performer. Some oak influence. Best with food, a lovely concentrated fruit statement with a hint of sweat to give complexity. A serious, nicely balanced wine with two to three yearsnfine dining ahead.


A note of sweat on the nose. Very good witha traditional Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc flavour profile of pure lemon-citrus, grass and herbs. Although still youthful, this tautly structured wine with excellent depth of flavour and complexity will surely develop over time. An impressive example.

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines

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 2009

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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