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.
Based in Blenheim Marlborough, the original company vineyard was planted in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson. They launched the Lawson’s Dry Hills label - making their own wines - some ten years later, in 1992. Today, the company remains family owned and wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer, all made from fruit grown in the sub districts of Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka and Awatere Valleys. Accredited with both “ISO 14001:2015” and “Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand” awards, Lawson’s employs fundamental environmental practices which respect both the specific vineyards and broader environment. In the last 10 years they have won multiple international awards – highlighted by no less than 3 International Trophies for their Sauvignon Blancs with both The International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.
To quote Lawson’s themselves: “There are plenty of Marlborough wine brands, but none have our vineyards or our people, the two most important factors in our business. And very few can say that their key people (including Head Winemaker Marcus Wright and Vineyard Manager Mark Ludemann) have been with the business for almost 20 years. Each.”
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)