Lawson's Dry Hills
Riesling 2011

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen.
Alcohol: 12%  pH: 3.1  RS: 8.1  
TA: 7.4  Brix: 20.6

This wine was made from a small parcel of grapes grown on our Waihopai Valley vineyard. The free draining soils and the large diurnal temperture changes produce elegant Rieslings with wonderful floral aromas with classic lemon, lime flavours with a touch of stonefruit. This wine has great concentration, crisp acidity and a long dry finish.


As this wine ages, over the next three to four years, it will evolve and develop complex toasty char

Food Match

White fish, shell fish and creamy risotto.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Awards & Reviews

The New Zealand International Wine Show 2013 - GOLD MEDAL

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

Brilliant pale lemon yellow in colour. This has a softly full, ethereal nose of limes and lemons, the aromas are pure and clean. Subtle nuances of exotic tropical fruits and a suggestion of toast unfold in the glass. Dry to taste, delicate and deliciously. Soft flavours of floral limes are complimented by nuances of honey and a little toast. There is a gentle lusciousness allied to the harmonious acidity and the mouth feel is very refined. The palate leads to a long, lingering, dry finish with lemon notes, this is a delicate, fine-featured dry Riesling with beautiful citrus flavours.

NZ Listener

A great buy. Skilfully crafted, with strong, ripe grapefruit-like flavours. A hint of limes and an overall impression of dryness, it's delicious now...

Otago Daily Times

Oozing lime, lemon and a touch of mandarin, this is intense, textural and dry - but with enough flesh on its bones to prevent it being mean. With a crisp, steely dry finish, it's best with food

The Marlborough Express

The Riesling scale on the back indicates dry in style. Oily, mineral aromas with a light lemon wash. The palate is surprisingly sweet, juicy and lemony with firm acids - finishes dry as a bone-crisply. What more can we say. A really enjoyable style and one that will last a few years in the cellar too. Buying 2011 means you get the advantage of a couple of years in the bottle - nice.

Winestate Magazine

Michael Coopers Buyers Guide 2014 - FOUR AND A HALF STARS.

Delicious now, it has concentration, ripe grapefruit/lime flavours, a minerally streak and an overall impression of dryness, excellent depth and harmony.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2012
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2013
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2014
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2015
Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2016

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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