The Pioneer Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright / Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 13%  pH: 3.17  RS: 3.5g/L  
TA: 9.0g/L  Brix: 22

This wonderfully aromatic Sauvignon Blanc came off Ross's old mate, Peter Woodward's vineyard. Passionfruit and tropical fruit characters leap from the glass, while the palate has wonderful concentration and fresh, crisp acidity.


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

Food Match

Cold smoked salmon,sweet Spanish onion, capers. dressed with a little olive oil.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines

The bouquet is very fresh and lifted, with ripe fruit aromas and hints of 'sweaty armpit' and oak; the palate is crisp, concentrated and dry, with passionfruit, capsicum and spice flavours. Showing excellent intensity and vigour.

NZ Listener

FIVE STARS - Grown mostly in the Woodward vineyard, "down the road" from the winery, this crisp, dry wine has a punchy, ripely scented bouquet, witha hint of oak derived complexity. It offers very intense passionfruit/lime flavours, with lots of youthful impact and obvious potential.

Hospitality Magazine

The Pioneer range, labeled for the late Ross Lawson. Who not only saw in some of the first grapes in Marlborough but also the development of the screw cap closure - Fairly dry style, all the right flavours with some extra intensity. A single vineyard wine with the extra fruit weight and balance of a premium label.

Joelle Thomson (what I'm drinking)

The wine is an intense Marlborough style with loads of tropical, passiofruit flavours. Explosive in the mouth with a softer, textural finish - LOVE THE FINISH. How does it compare with the other Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc? By contrast The Pioneer is weightier, more fleshy and full bodied in the mouth. And do I prefer it? Absolutely. It was stunning with a goat cheese entrée.

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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