Lawson's Dry Hills
Gewürztraminer 2011

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14.50%  pH: 3.70  RS: 9.7g/L  
TA: 4.5g/L  Brix: 23.3 - 24.6

Two vineyards at the foot of Marlborough's Wither Hills provide us with Gewürztraminer that has wonderful varietal expression. The Woodward vineyard and our own winey vineyard have always produced elegant, yet powerful Gewürztraminer, off dry in style with aromas of rose petal, musk and exotic spices. The plate is rich, round and is full with the flavours of lychee, citrus, fig and cardamon.


This wine will continue to develop over the next five to ten years under careful cellaring.

Food Match

Rich paté and cheeses, Asian dishes, smoked fish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Bottle Price: $35.00Buy Now
Case Price (12 bottles): $420.00Buy Now
Limited stock available from the cellar door.

Awards & Reviews

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - BRONZE MEDAL

The New Zealand International Wine Show 2013 - SILVER MEDAL.

Avenues International Aromatics Wine Competition N.Z. 2013 - GOLD MEDAL

The Press - Zest - DELICATE AND PURE

Looking for something different? Try this, it is delicate, but not overly floral and is medium dry. Lychees, pears, grapefruit and peach flavour predominate. Served well chilled, the wine is crisp and pure. It would make a good match with subtle Asian dishes and fish. We tried it with salmon, feta and spinach pie. 

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

15% fermented in older French oak barriques, The nose is very fine and tightly concentrated with an amalgam of rose petals, exotic musk and ginger with mineral notes. Medium dry to taste, the flavours of rose petals, minerals and ginger are very tight and firmly bound, forming a concentrated core to the palate. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, near unctuous in texture and the richness is enhanced by some alcohol warmth. the flavours carry through to a firm, concentrated and lingering finish with classical varietal elements. This is a concentrated and unctuous off-dry Gewürztraminer that will unfold more of its exotic flavours with bottle age.

Dominion Post

TREAT OF THE WEEK - Marlborough's Lawson's dry Hills is a top aromatic white winery, thanks to owner Barbara Lawson, this wine tastes like a walk in a rose garden thanks to aromas of red rose, frangipani and ripe peach. Tasting

Lawson's Dry Hills have a long established reputation for making top quality Gewürztraminer - and deservedly so. This is a prime example, it exhibits rose petal aromas and is choc full of sweet, juicy lychee flavours with a flinty backbone and a long elegant finish.

San Francisco IWC 2013 - GOLD MEDAL

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

Clean lychee aromas and flavours. Rich and textural, a mouth-coating finish.....LOVELY.

Michael Cooper Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wine 2014 - SUPER CLASSIC - FIVE STARS.

One of the country's most impressive Gewürztraminers. A medium dry style, ripely perfumed, fleshy and soft with a slightly oily texture. Peachy, gingery and spicy flavours showing excellent varietal definition, harmony and richness.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2015
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2014
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2016
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2017

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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