The awards and reviews on this page relate to wines that are currently available. Awards and reviews for older vintages are included in the tastings notes for each wine, under ‘Our Wines’.

Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – Five Stars

Bright, even, light straw-yellow colour with some depth. The nose is firm and well-packed with a core of passionfruit harmoniously melded with nettle, cut-grass, green capsicum and snow pea aromas, unveiling some chalky mineral notes. The aromatics are layered and detailed. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a tightly bound heart with penetrating and intense flavours of passionfruit intermixed with nettles, fresh herbs, snow peas and nuances of minerals. The fruit has richness and sweetness and is enlivened by racy acidity, and the wine carries with good energy along a very fine-textured line. This has concentration and linearity, and the wine carries to a very long and sustained finish of passionfruit, herbs and nettles. This is a firmly-packed, intense, rich-fruited Sauvignon Blanc with real linearity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from 5 sites, in the Waihopai, Dashwood, outside Renwick and on Alabama Road, fermented in stainless-steel with 7% indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak barriques to 12.5% alc. and 2.2 g/L RS. 18.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $20.00

Michael Cooper – Four Stars
Picked at perfect ripeness, this wonderfully aromatic wine shows a tempting combination of passionfruit and citrus with as light herbaceous edge. The flavours echo the nose but with the added complexity of a small amount (7%) fermented with wild yeast in seasoned oak. Fresh, juicy and moreish with lovely weight and texture.

Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 – Silver medal
Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017 – Silver medal
San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 – Silver medal
New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 – Silver medal
The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016 – Silver Medal
Wine Orbit – Sam Kim – 93/100

Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauignon Blanc 2016. It is fabulously aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, nectarine, feijoa and lemongrass characters. The palate is concentrated and flavoursome, and offers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, brilliantly structured by juicy acidity. The wine is up front and delectable. At its best: now to 2019. $20.00. www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz. April 2017.

Raymond Chan Wine Reviews – Five Stars

Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Bright pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very rich in fruit with firmly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with savoury herbs, notes of cut grass, green stonefruits and subtle hints of smoke. The aromatics are densely pack and interwoven, opening in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and lively mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, green stonefruits, and slightly savoury, smoky herb nuances. This has weight and presence, and the dense core flows smoothly along a soft-textured line with balanced acidity and energy. The wine carries to a long finish of passionfruit and green stonefruits. This is a rich and well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passionfruit, green stonefruits and savoury herb elements. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough fruit, two-thirds from the company’s Waihopai Valley and Chaytors Road vineyards, and the balance from the southern side of the Wairau Valley, 7% indigenous yeast fermented, and 6% in seasoned French oak barriques, the remainder conventionally in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $20.00

International Wine Challenge 2017 (Tranche 1) – Silver medal
Bob Campbell MW – Four Stars – 92 points

Bright, fresh, tangy Sauvignon Blanc with snow pea, juicy green capsicum, gooseberry and bright passionfruit flavours. The wine has an ethereal texture and mouth-watering finish.

Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2016

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This 2016 vintage displays the wonderful varietal characters of rose petals, lychee with delightful spice notes together with an off dry palate. As always our hallmark is depth of flavour, balance and great concentration.
This Gewürztraminer will reward cellaring.

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 Pinot Rosé 2017

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Marlborough Wine Show 2017 – Silver medal

We picked this Pinot Noir early in the season to trap the bright, berry-fruit characters that give the wine that attractive strawberries and cream aromas and flavours. Concentrated and juicy, this wine is off-dry, smooth and delicious, perfect as a chilled glass on its own or great with antipasto or any number of light dishes.

Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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

$25.00 – $30.00 Interesting wine with pungent passionfruit intensity on the nose and heaps of varietal flavours on the well balanced palate, nice nutty oak and crisp acid line.

The Press – Your Weekend – drinks. – Wine of the Week from Cuisine Magazine.

The top Sauvignon Blanc from the recent Cuisine tasting is a vibrant, punchy style where the generous, fleshy fruit core is framed and driven by a flinty layer and bright acidity. Saturday, December 9th 2017.

Cuisine Magazine issue 186 – January 2018 – Five Stars – Number one in the Top Ten.

TOP NEW ZEALAND SAUVIGNON BLANC – A five star recipient and top 10 place-getter a year ago, this beautifully crafted wine comes back to claim top honours. “It teases the palate with spice, true varietal signature and a little funk” noted Cameron Douglas. It’s a vibrant, punchy style where the generous, fleshy fruit core is framed and driven by a flinty layer and bright acidity. The flavour profile includes saffron and Indian spice notes, along with citrus and wet stone. It is a powerful, engaging expression that would be a wonderful accompaniment for fish laksa.

Marlborough Wine Show 2017 – Silver medal
Bob Campbell – 95 Points

31/10/2016

Weighty wine with greater concentration and complexity than the regular label. Passionfruit, struck match, mineral and green capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of cashew nut. An impressive wine with development potential.

Taste Magazine (NZ) – Best Sauvignon Blancs $20.00-$30.00

Weighty wine with impressive concentration and complexity. Passionfruit, struck match/mineral and green capsicum flavours with a suggestion of cashew nut.

Bob Campbell MW – Five Stars – 95 points.

Weighty wine with greater concentration and complexity than the regular label. Passionfruit, struck match, mineral and green capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of cashew nut. An impressive wine with development potential

Cuisine Magazine issue 180 – Five Stars and Top 10

Smokey intrigue greets the nostrils. Aline of flinty smokiness extends across the palate, providing focus and texture, harmonising with the white peach and greengage notes. This is a wine you would happily match with steamed Marlborough mussels.

Lawson’s Dry Hills 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 Chardonnay 2015

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Bob Campbell MW – 93 points

Rich and quite oaky Chardonnay with reasonably strong white peach, root ginger, grapefruit, bran biscuit and hazelnut flavours supported by tangy acidity. A weighty wine with the volume turned. Should develop well in the bottle.

Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2015

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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 Pinot Gris 2015

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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 Gewürztraminer 2015

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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

Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 – Gold

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)

Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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Michael Cooper – Four Stars

The 2016 vintage is aromatic, mouthfilling and freshly herbaceous, with lively tropical-fruit and green capsicum flavours. Showing good intensity and a crisp dry finish.

Bob Campbell MW – Five Stars / 95points

Quite a concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with typical mineral, tomato leaf, green capsicum and nettle flavours plus a subtle hint of passionfruit. Very Sancerre-like, with with good weight and a lenghty finish. Drink 2016 to 2021.

Six Nations Wine Challenge 2017 – Double Gold

Blind River Pinot Noir 2015

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Bob Campbell MW – Four stars / 90points

Moderately concentrated Pinot Noir with raspberry, white-fleshed plum, anise, herbs and spicy oak flavours. Bright, crisp wine in a recognisable and slightly edgy Awatere Valley style. Drink 2017- 2021.

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