Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 13.5%  pH: 3.20  RS: 1.6g/L  
TA: 7.4g/L  Brix: 22.2 - 23.2

A beautiful summer and typically long, warm autumn allowed us to produce a very expressive and elegant Sauvignon Blanc in 2013. Bright passionfruit, grapefruit and tropical aromas are complemented by an array of citrus and tropical fruit characters on the palate. A portion of this wine was fermented in seasoned French oak barriques, which has added depth and texture to the wine. This wine has lovely balance and concentration, the finish has some fresh acidity and is long and clean.


This wine will develop in the bottle over the next three to four years taking on complex and rich se

Food Match

Enjoy in moderation with baked white fish, shellfish, Greek goat cheese salad.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

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Awards & Reviews

Huon Hooke - Gold Ribbon/Medal.

"It is my pleasure to tell you that this wine has been granted my highest ranking accolade, a Gold Ribbon, awarded to only the top 5% of wines I taste. While Gold Ribbon's are awarded only to the highest scoring wines, this wine has also been recognized for its outstanding quality." Huon Hooke August 2015.

Falstaff Magazine - Austria

Sauvignon Blanc International (tasted by Peter Moser) Bright yellow green, a touch of pink grapefruit, under laid with fine yellow tropical fruits and fine leaved spices. Medium complexity, white fruit, fine acid structure. Already drinking well, offers uncomplicated drinking pleasure, showing good complexity and length.

Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2014 - SILVER MEDAL

Avenues International Aromatic Wine Competition N.Z. 2013 - SILVER MEDAL

Marlborough Wine Show 2013 - Silver Medal

Spiegelau International Wine Competition 2014 - Silver Medal

Sydney International Wine Show 2014 - Gold Medal

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014 - Pure Gold Medal

Sydney Morning Herald - Goodfood - 95/100

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2013 95/100 - No this is not a token Kiwi! It is simply the most amazing bargain from Marlborough I've seen this year, and just happens to also be one of the best "straight" New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs I've tasted this year. It has an intense and charming lemongrass aroma, ripe and not sweaty or vegetal. The flavour is focused, concentrated and intense, energised by mouthwatering acidity, the finish is clean and properly dry. A far cry from your typical Marlborough savvy. Drink for six+years.

Sydney International Wine Competition 2015 - Gold Medal

Decanter World Wine Awards - Bronze Medal

Texsom International Wine Awards 2015 - Silver medal

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

Ripe with lively citrus fruit, fresh gooseberries and a fresh finish that lingers on the palate.

Cuisine Magazine (NZ) - FIVE STARS AND BEST BUY (December 2013)

A touch of barrel fermentation enriches and rounds out the texture. The vociferous, ripe-fruit presence, brimming with intense yellow plum and peach flavours makes a strong statement.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - FIVE STARS

This is an elegant and intensely concentrated, dry Sauvignon Blanc, with passionfruit flavours and a chalky, textural line. The wine carries the herb, flint and minerally flavours to a very long and sustained, firm finish.

Michael Cooper Buyers Guide 2014 - FOUR AND A HALF STARS

One of the regions best, widely available Sauvignon Blancs, this stylish wine is vibrant, intense and finely structured. Punchy and sweet-fruited, with ripely herbaceous, melon/capsicum flavours, a subtle oak influence adding complexity. A crisp, long finish.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2010
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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