Awards & Reviews

Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Rosé 2017

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Marlborough Wine Show 2017 - Silver medal

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Ranu 2017

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Canvas - NZ Herald - December 2017

  Named after the Maori verb meaning "to mix" - a single bin each of Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer was hand-harvested on April 11th from different blocks, blended and fermented wild, to creat a wine that commemorates Lawson's Dry Hills 25th anniversary. It's a glorious, gussy-up of citrus, peach and musky magic. Juicy and succulent, it's the apple, nashi and lemon verbena notes that lift it to the next level of loveliness. Sip with: gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce.

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Michael Cooper - Four stars
Marlborough Wine Show 2017 - Silver Medal

Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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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.

Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2016

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Michael Cooper - Five stars

One of the country's most impressive Gewürztraminers. Grown on the Home block and near Woodward vineyards. Mostly fermented in stainless steel tanks; a key part of the blend (about 15%) is given 'the full treatment', with a high-solids, indigenous yeast ferment in seasoned French oak barriques, malolactic fermentation and lee-stirring. The 2016 vintage is benchmark stuff, bright, light lemon/green. It is weighty and well rounded, with generous, youthful peach, pear, lychee, spice flavours and a rich, slightly sweet (7.5grams/litre of residual sugar) very harmonious finish. It's already delicious.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2017 - Trophy - Riedel New Zealand Champion Gewürztraminer
Marlborough Wine Show 2017 - TROPHY - Wine Brokers New Zealand trophy for Champion Gewürztraminer.
Marlborough Wine Show 2017 - Gold Medal
New World Wine Awards 2017 - Silver medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2017 - Gold medal

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

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Michael Cooper - Four and a half stars

Offering fine value. the deeply coloured 2015 vintage was grown on two sites in the Waihopai Valley and matured for ten months in French oak barriques (25% new). Mouthfilling, it is youthful and fruit-packed, with ripe cherry, plum and spice flavours, showing excellent concentration, texture and complexity. Best drinking mid 2018+

Winestate - Wine of the Year Annual - Best of 2017 - Four and a half stars

Amazing colour for the variety. Cherry cola characters on the nose with oaky spiciness. Well focused brooding savoury fruit flavours, chunky tannins and good oak use.

New World Wine Awards 2017 - Gold medal - 95 points

Awarded 95 points and a Gold medal at the 2017 New World Premium Wine selection.

Bob Campbell MW - 92 points - 4 Stars

26/07/2016

  Scented Pinot Noir with rich dark-fleshed plums, black cherry and smoky oak flavours. A succulent wine with a good backbone of drying tannins that help a lengthy finish. Good now, better with a little bottle-age.

International Cool Climate Wine Show - Australia - Silver medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal
The Marlborough Wine Show 2016 - Silver medal

The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2015

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Michael Cooper - Five stars

  The delicious 2015 vintage is a weighty (14.4% alcohol) fleshy, Alsace-style wine, estate grown on the Home Block vineyard and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. Bright, light lemon/green, it is fresh and complex with concentrated, ripe, peachy, spicy flavours, a gentle splash of sweetness (18.6 grams/litre of residual sugar) and a lovely depth and harmony. Drink now or cellar.

Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 - Gold

The Pioneer Pinot Gris 2015

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Michael Cooper - Four and a half stars

Late-picked, the 2015 vintage was fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak casks. Light lemon/green, it is scented and slightly honeyed with a mouthfilling body and an array of peach, pear, spice, lychee and honey flavours. An off-dry style (14 grams/litre of residual sugar) with good complexity. it should be at its best mid 2018+

Bob Campbell MW - Four and a half stars / 93 points

26/08/2017

  Richer, creamier and sweet than the regular label with a hint of toffee, guava, poached pear, anise and spice. A delicately luscious wine in an appealing style. Serve well chilled as a great aperitif or with moderately spicy dishes.

Decanter World Wine Awards - Silver medal

The Pioneer Pinot Noir 2013

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Bob Campbell MW - Four stars - 90 points

Quite a dense, flavoursome Pinot Noir with plum, dark cherry and berry flavours plus a strong influence of toasty French oak. A tad closed right now but should become more accessible with bottle age. (26/7/2016)

Lawson's Dry Hills Riesling 2015

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Sydney International Wine Competition 2018 - Trophy - John Ryan Memorial Perpetual Trophy for Best Aromatic Wine of The Competition.
The Shout - Cameron Douglas - 91 points

Ripe, juicy and fleshy fruits bouquet with aromas of apricot stone, peach, pear, mandarin and apple. Quite floral and with suggestions of wet stone minerals - very attractive. On the palate - just off-dry with a little residual sweetness; fresh and crisp acidity, has a ripeness about it which enchances the orchard fruit flavours suggested on the nose; a wine that dances nicely across the palate - drink now and through to 2026.

Canberra International Riesling Challenge - Silver Medal

Class - Open vintage 2014-16 - Semi-Dry.

Marlborough Wine Show 2017 - Silver medal
New World Wine Awards 2017 - Silver medal
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 - GOLD MEDAL
Cuisine March 2017 issue 181 - FIVE STARS - BEST BUY

  Five stars - best buy....A whiff of toast mingles with lifted Rose's lime juice scents. In the mouth this Riesling has length and elegance, lime and stonefruit notes propelled by fine ripe acidity. Serve it alongside a salad of rocket, heirloom tomatoes and grilled eggplant.

Lawson's Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2014

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San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 - Gold medal - 92/100
Air New Zealand - International Business Class 2016.

March 2016

Selected by Air New Zealand for their 2016 inflight international business class pouring program.

The Marlborough Wine Show 2015 - Gold Medal

October 2015

The Pioneer Chardonnay 2011

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Bob Campbell MW - Five stars - 95 points

12/2/2015

Pale gold, chicken stock, flint, touch of smoke and musk on the nose. Quite recital and interesting on the palate, minerally with a nutty, meal dimension. Perhaps a bit oak dominant, that being said it has acidity to counteract the richness. (12/2/2015)

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 wine@lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

Licence # 052/OFF/023/2016
exp. 03/07/2019 

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