The Pioneer
Gewürztraminer 2015

Region: Marlborough
Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen
Alcohol: 14.5%  pH: 3.70  RS: 18.6g/L  
TA: 3.8g/L  Brix: 25.9

Produced from the Lawson's Dry Hills home block vineyard around the winery, where Ross and Barbara established their first vineyard in the early 80s.
Since then the Gewürztraminer from this vineyard has legendary in New Zealand wine circles, made in a medium style this wine has a rich, round mouth feel with great depth and concentration whilst displaying wonderful aromatics


Vibrant and rich now, however it will reward cellaring for six to eight years.

Food Match

Any middle eastern dish, crab meat salad, shrimp, soft cows milk cheeses with dried fruit.

Tasting Note & accolades (PDF)


Awards & Reviews

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

Other Vintages

The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2012
The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2014
The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2013
The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 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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