The Waihopai Valley vineyards extreme temperatures and clay soils produce naturally intense flavours, with a moderate sized crop they are able to allow for a long and slow devlopment of the grape and flavour.
2016's vintage year was very warm and dry allowing the perfect condition for picking.
This wine will age well for upwards of 5 years due to its naturally high acidity.
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.”
Fantastic to balance out rich dishes such as pate this wine is also perfect for light summer dishes such as salads or Thai style foods.
In the press
International Wine Challenge 2018 - Silver Medal Winner
Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 - Silver Medal Winner