Marlborough is regarded by many as one of New Zealand's premier wine regions, especially where Sauvignon Blanc is concerned; producers such as Lawson's Dry Hills are demonstrating that the area can produce top quality Pinot Noir too! For this wine, five pickings are made from Lawson's Barnsley and Waihopai Valley Vineyards. These two vineyards are particular suited to Pinot Noir production due to the free draining soils and high diurnal temperature fluctuation, reflected in the aromatics, weight and concentration of the wine.
100% Pinot Noir.
This New World red is created using the traditional Old World Burgundian techniques; using small batches, destemmed fruit is placed into open-top fermenters and undergoes hand plunging, the resultant wine partly matured in French oak barriques (25% new). The key to this wine's quality is that only the best batches were blended to create the final product, kept separate during the nine months maturation process.
Drink now and over the next 5 years.
Lawson's Dry Hills is a family owned and run estate and was established in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson. Winemaker Marcus Wright has been in charge for the last 14 vintages. World renowned wine makers, Lawson’s Dry Hills is one of the most decorated award winning New Zealand wineries - having collected no less than 8 Trophies between the International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards in the last 2 years! Not only are they recognised for their wine making, they have also received accolades for their sustainable production practices.
Works a treat with a leg of New Zealand (or local!) lamb. Alternatively, try with game, duck, or a wild mushroom risotto.
In the press
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2015
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 (2012 Vintage)