Lawson's Dry Hills
Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 12.5%  pH: 3.25  RS: 2.2g/L  
TA: 4.7g/L  Brix: 21 - 21.7

Picked at perfect ripeness, this wonderfully aromatic wine shows a tempting combination of passionfruit and citrus with as light herbaceous edge. The flavours echo the nose but with the added complexity of a small amount (7%) fermented with wild yeast in seasoned oak. Fresh, juicy and moreish with lovely weight and texture.


Enjoy now or cellar for up to four years.

Food Match

Wonderful with a Greek salad, some Marlborough green-lipped mussels or with any tomato-based dish.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)

Bottle Price: $20.00Buy Now
Case Price (12 bottles): $240.00Buy Now
New release

Awards & Reviews

Wine Orbit - Five stars - 93 points

Classically expressed, the fabulous bouquet shows nectarine, feijoa, lemon peel and sweet basil aromas, leading to an intensely flavoured palate that is juicy and lively. The wine is instantly appealing and offers terrific drinking.

The Wine Advocate - 90 points

Classy aromas of gooseberries, snow peas and nectarine burst forth on the nose of the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. This plump, medium-bodied white is tailor-made for summertime drinking, with vibrant fruit that will stand up to a cold refrigerator, yet it has enough complexity to satisfy when served at warmer temperatures.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews - Five Stars

Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is firm and well-packed with a core of passionfruit harmoniously melded with nettle, cut-grass, green capsicum and snow pea aromas, unveiling some chalky mineral notes. The aromatics are layered and detailed. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a  tightly bound heart with penetrating and intense flavours of passionfruit intermixed with nettles, fresh herbs, snow peas and nuances of minerals. The fruit has richness and sweetness and is enlivened by racy acidity, and the wine carries with good energy along a very fine-textured line. This has concentration and linearity, and the carries to a very long and sustained finish of passionfruit, herbs and nettles. This is a firmly-packed, intense, rich-fruited Sauvignon Blanc with real linearity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 year. Fruit from 5 sites, in the Waihopai, Dashwood, outside Renwick and on Alabama Road, fermented in stainless-steel with 7% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak barriques to 12.5% alc and 2.2g/L RS.

Michael Cooper - Four stars

One of the region's best, widely available Sauvignon Blancs, this stylish wine is vibrant, intense and finely structured. The grapes are grown at several sites, mostly in the Southern Valleys and to add a subtle extra dimension, part of the blend (7 per cent in 2017) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barriques. The wine typically has strong impact in its youth, but also has a proven ability to age, acquiring toasty, minerally compexities. Bright, light lemon/green, medium to full-bodied wine, fresh and vibrant with good intensity of melon and green-capsicum flavours. Dry, lingering finish - Fine value.

Other Vintages

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 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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