• The Art Series

    Release of The Art Series:

    A collaboration between Lawson’s Dry Hills and
    highly respected New Zealand artist, Max Gimblett

    Limited production of just 300, hand-numbered bottles of each wine

    The Art Series is a remarkable new development from respected Marlborough wine producer, Lawson’s Dry Hills. Born from provenance combined with both tradition and innovation, these limited release wines offer an intense expression of all the necessary elements required to make outstanding Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The label is the incredible work of esteemed New Zealand contemporary painter and calligrapher, Max Gimblett. His strikingly bold, powerful brushwork, balance, depth and choice of colours hinting at the power and complexities of both the art and the wine. When talking about the collaboration, Max said, “These fine wines lift us up into ecstasy and speak to us of the heights. We are so proud of them and of being members of their family.”

    Born in New Zealand, Gimblett has been primarily based in New York since 1972 and continues to exhibit regularly in both locations.  The mix of cultures and aesthetics evident in his work convey various associations and meanings connected to the oval, rectangle, tondo, keystone, and the quatrefoil, for which he is most recognised.

    In New Zealand, Gimblett has a prominent profile and his works are held in the collections of all major public institutions. He became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to Art in 2015 and in 2017, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Waikato for his contribution as an artist, scholar, teacher and philanthropist.

    These wines have been destined for some time. They are made from grapes grown on our revered Waihopai and Wairau Valley vineyards and crafted following traditional Burgundian methods. The Art Series is the culmination of more than 30 years of knowledge and experience embracing the art, nature and science of winemaking.

    The wines are being launched at an exclusive event at the Gow Langsford Gallery in Auckland, on 22 July.

    For further information, please email [email protected]

  • Lawson’s Dry Hills wins at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards

    Lawson’s Dry Hills was awarded winner of the wine industry category at the 2021 Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards, announced in Blenheim on Friday night.

    In February, Lawson’s Dry Hills became a Toitu carbon zero certified organisation making the company the only New Zealand wine producer to be certified with both ISO14001 (Environmental Management) and ISO14064 (carbon zero).

    The Awards judges praised Lawson’s Dry Hills for their commitment to reducing their environmental impact. Awards Coordinator and Judge, Bev Doole said, “These internationally recognised certifications reflect the culture at Lawson’s to improve and innovate across a wide range of areas, including recyclable and biodegradable packaging, generating solar power and storing water off the winery roof.”

    Commenting on the award, General Manager and shareholder, Sion Barnsley, said, “We are delighted to receive such great, local acknowledgement for our sustainability achievements.” He continues, “It’s been a strong effort by all of our team, led by our genuine desire to continuously improve our environmental standing.”

    The company continues to promote its sustainability credentials through the launch of new brand, Inviniti, for both local and export markets, highlighting that all wines from Lawson’s Dry Hills are 100% certified sustainable.

    For further information, please contact General Manager, Sion Barnsley [email protected] or Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson [email protected] phone: 03 578 7674

  • Lawson’s Dry Hills achieves carbon zero certification

    Respected Marlborough wine producer, Lawson’s Dry Hills, has this week achieved carbon zero status having met the requirements of ISO14064 and received accreditation from Toitu.

    ISO 14064 specifies the principles and requirements for quantifying and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and removals. It includes requirements for the design, development, management, reporting and verification of an organisation’s GHG inventory.

    Lawson’s Dry Hills first certification under this global standards organisation, the ISO14001 environmental management system, was met in 2011. This latest achievement of carbon zero was a natural progression for the company, whose sustainability story started back in the 2000’s.

    General Manager and shareholder, Sion Barnsley comments, “We have always considered sustainability in our decision-making across the business and to attain carbon zero status is an achievement we are very proud of.” He continues, “Our small team have strongly supported our vision and everyone has contributed to this important milestone.”

    Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson added, “We know how important sustainability is becoming for those making purchasing decisions, so we’re delighted that our environmental credentials add further value to those enjoying our wines.”
    The 2021 harvest is underway, the 30th vintage for Lawson’s Dry Hills and one that will be celebrated along with their new carbon zero status.

    Lawson’s Dry Hills is the only New Zealand wine producer to be certified with both ISO14001 and ISO14064.

    For further information, please contact General Manager, Sion Barnsley [email protected] or Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson [email protected] phone: 03 578 7674

    Toitu Certificate

  • Allen Meadows has released his special NZ wine report

    Burghound is the result of a lifelong passion of Burgundy wines, by creator and publisher, Allen Meadows. Meadows tastes and rates wines in the wineries, spending up to five months every year in this beautiful and revered part of France. Meadows also reviews Oregon and California Pinot Noir and just recently, New Zealand. We are delighted with his review and score of our Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir 2017.

    Issue 80 burghound.com

  • The Cellar Door: New Zealand – S05E04

    Back in November we were approached by Melbourne’s Channel 31 who were going to be filming New Zealand wine producers for their series ‘The Cellar Door’. We checked it out and thought it was a great opportunity! It went to air in Australia and New Zealand in June and July. In case you missed it – you can watch it here. It stars Winemaker – Marcus, GM – Sion and Group Marketing Manager – Belinda. Hope you enjoy watching and learning a little bit about us!

     

  • LDH back in the USA

    Lawson’s Dry Hills, one of New Zealand’s most historic wineries, is proud to announce their return to the American market. The Marlborough winery is a leading producer of sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay and other aromatic varieties and is globally recognized as one of the region’s premier estates.

    Sion Barnsley, the winery’s general manager, was excited about the announcement. “Our wines represent Marlborough’s most recognized varieties made in a classic and affordable style. We can’t wait for our wines to be on the shelves and tables of America’s wine enthusiasts.”

    The wines of Lawson’s Dry Hills were first exported to the United States in the early 2000’s and found immediate commercial success. “We are not new to the market,” observed Barnsley.

    “The wines of Lawson’s Dry Hills found immediate success when we first exported our wines years ago and we know that will happen again now that we are back.” Barnsley declared that “Our first task is to re-establish the close relationships we shared with the trade, press and, most importantly, the consumers across the country who enthusiastically supported our wines in the past.”

    The first container of wines has just arrived from New Zealand and are now available for sale directly to accounts in California. “The American market is very important to us,” noted Belinda Jackson, the winery sales and marketing manager. “By selling our wines directly, we will be able to provide high quality service and quickly respond to the individual needs of each account.” Plans for distribution in other states are underway.

    Among the wines that just landed are the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc (SRP $18.99) which was declared to be “one of the region’s best” by noted New Zealand wine expert Michael Cooper. Also just arrived is the winery’s latest pinot noir from 2018 (SRP $24.99) that is certain to find a home on wine lists.

    For more information about the winery and any sales or marketing questions, please contact Belinda Jackson at [email protected].

    ABOUT LAWSON’S DRY HILLS

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Estate began when Ross and Barbara Lawson planted their home vineyard in 1982. Those first grapes were quickly snapped up by local wineries which prompted the Lawsons to start their own winery ten years later. Today, the winery draws fruit from across the region, including from 125 of their own estate vineyards. Their wines have achieved international recognition at wine shows across the globe while satisfying wine critics who appreciate wines of intense character at a fair price.

    The winery currently produces sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and pinot noir as well as a series of aromatic white wines made from Alsatian varietals. Small amounts of reserve wines are also made when conditions permit as well as “The Pioneer”, a series of small-lot wines sold mainly through the winery cellar door.

    Among the wines imported is their gewürztraminer, a wine that has achieved a cult-like following among wine enthusiasts. Joe Czerwinski of the Wine Advocate has “been a long-time admirer of this winery’s Gewurztraminer”.

    Lawson’s Dry Hills is a founding member of the Family of XII, a consortium of family-owned wineries dedicated to the promotion of New Zealand wines by developing long-term relationships through education and promotion of the collective’s artisanal philosophies. For more information on the family of XII, contact [email protected].

  • Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide 2020

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewürztraminer
    One of the country’s most impressive Gewürztraminers. Grown in the Home Block and nearby Woodward Vineyard, at the foot of the Wither Hills, it is typically harvested at about 24 brix and mostly fermented in stainless steel tanks; a key part of the blend (about 15 per cent) is given ‘the full treatment’, with a high-solids, indigenous yeast ferment in seasoned French oak barriques, malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring. The youthful 2018 vintage (4½ stars) is perfumed and weighty, with vibrant pear, lychee and spice flavours, gentle sweetness (6.7 grams/litre of residual sugar), and excellent delicacy, harmony and length. Best drinking 2021+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris
    Still very youthful, the pale straw 2019 vintage (5 stars) is a basically dry style (4.8 grams/litre of residual sugar). Fresh and full-bodied, it has strong, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, a touch of complexity and a well-rounded finish. Best drinking mid-2020+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Ranu
    For the distinctive 2017 vintage (4½ stars), Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer were co-fermented (Ranu means ‘to mix’) with indigenous yeasts in old oak barrels. Fragrant, citrusy and spicy, it’s a mouthfilling, concentrated wine, finely textured, with a sliver of sweetness (5.8 grams/litre of residual sugar), fresh acidity and impressive complexity and harmony. Well worth cellaring

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Riesling
    The youthful 2018 vintage (4 stars) is a single-vineyard, Waihopai Valley wine. Worth cellaring, it is medium-bodied, with strong, citrusy, slightly spicy flavours, and an off-dry (7 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp finish

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
    One of the region’s best, widely available Sauvignon Blancs, this stylish wine is vibrant, intense and finely structured. The grapes are grown at several sites, mostly in the Southern Valleys, and to add a subtle extra dimension, part of the blend (7 per cent in 2019) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels. The wine typically has strong impact in its youth, but also has a proven ability to age, acquiring toasty, minerally complexities. Light lemon/green, the punchy 2019 vintage (4 stars) is freshly aromatic, with strong, very youthful tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, and a dry (2.9 grams/litre of residual sugar), appetisingly crisp finish. Best drinking mid-2020+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Pink Pinot
    The 2019 vintage (4½ stars) is a characterful Marlborough rosé, brimful of flavour. Bright pink, it has generous strawberry and watermelon flavours, slightly spicy notes, and excellent vigour and length, with a dry (2.9 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Chardonnay
    Estate-grown in the Chaytors Road Vineyard, near the coast in the Wairau Valley, the 2018 vintage (4½ stars) was fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Already enjoyable, it has a fragrant, smoky bouquet, leading into a mouthfilling, sweet-fruited wine with concentrated, youthful, peachy, citrusy flavours, toasty notes adding complexity, and good cellaring potential. Best drinking 2021+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Pinot Gris
    The finely textured 2018 vintage (4½ stars) was mostly estate-grown in the Waihopai Valley and 10 per cent of the blend was fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak casks. Pale straw, it is mouthfilling, with concentrated, ripe peach, pear and spice flavours, showing a distinct touch of complexity, and a smooth, dryish (5 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. Best drinking mid-2020+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir
    Still very youthful, the great-value 2017 vintage (5 stars) was grown at two sites in the Waihopai Valley and matured in French oak barriques (25 per cent new). Deep ruby, it is mouthfilling, concentrated and fruit-packed, with deep, plummy, spicy flavours, a firm underlay of tannin and the structure to mature well. Best drinking 2021+. The 2015 vintage (4½ stars), retasted in 2019, is also a very good buy. Deep ruby, with a fragrant, complex bouquet, it is full-bodied, with generous, ripe plum/spice flavours, finely balanced tannins and a long life ahead

    Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
    The 2019 vintage (4½ stars), grown in the Waihopai, Awatere and Wairau valleys, was made with some use of indigenous yeasts and barrel fermentation. Light lemon/green, it is a vigorous young wine, mouthfilling, with strong, freshly herbaceous flavours, oak complexity, and a dry (1.8 grams/litre of residual sugar), crisp finish. Best drinking mid-2020+

    Lawson’s Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Gewürztraminer
    The stunning 2016 vintage (5 stars) is a weighty (14.5 per cent alcohol), fleshy, Alsace-style wine, estate-grown in the Home Block and barrel-fermented with indigenous yeasts. From 35-year-old vines ‘with trunks as thick as thighs’, it is a bright, light yellow/green, powerful wine, jam-packed with peachy, spicy flavours, gently sweet (18 grams/litre of residual sugar), finely poised and lasting. Well worth discovering

    Lawson’s Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Pinot Gris
    The 2016 vintage (4 stars) is a single-vineyard wine, grown in the Waihopai Valley, hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barriques. It’s a fleshy, full-bodied wine, with a gentle splash of sweetness (14 grams/litre of residual sugar), strong flavours of pears, peaches and spices, and very good complexity and richness

  • PINK Pinot by Lawson’s Dry Hills presented with another packaging design award

    We have received another award for the packaging design of our new Rosé, PINK Pinot!

    Winning the ‘Guala Closures Award for the Best Presented Bottle’ at the 2020 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards, follows the silver medal awarded at the UK’s Harper’s Design Awards 2019 in October.

    The label was designed by Jason Pettersen of Gusto Design, to give a more innovative edge to the Lawson’s Dry Hills brand. Commenting, Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson explains, “This is very innovative for us, we did it so we could attract new customers to the brand whilst also giving some reassurance as it is  ‘by Lawson’s Dry Hills’”. She continues, “Looks are important and never more so than in the Rosé category. Trying to create something instaworthy and relevant to today’s wine lovers while continuing to promote the Lawson’s Dry Hills brand was an exciting project and we’re enjoying the results!”

    Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the juice was briefly left in contact with the skins before being pressed to stainless steel for a cool ferment with specially imported yeasts from southern France. The result is a deliciously fresh, highly aromatic and succulent wine with summer berry fruit flavours, juicy mid-palate and a crisp, dry finish.

    Based on the popular mandala design and dressed in silver, said to restore balance and pink for compassion and glamour, this exciting new wine should be enjoyed with great friends, delicious eats and inspiring conversation.

    Click here for more information and tasting notes

  • Latest awards and reviews for Lawson’s Dry Hills – March 2020

    We’ve received some great awards and reviews recently. While our focus is on making wines that we like to enjoy and share, it’s great to receive these independent quality endorsements. Here is a summary:

    Shows

    Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020

    • Gold – Chardonnay 2019
    • Gold – Pinot Gris 2019

    Sydney International Wine Competition 2020

    • Blue Gold – Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    • Blue Gold – Sauvignon Blanc 2019

    International Wine Challenge 2019, London

    • Gold – Tekau 2017

    New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards 2019

    All silver medals

    • Gewürztraminer 2017
    • Pinot Gris 2019
    • Reserve Pinot Gris 2018
    • Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    • Lawson’s Dry Hills Pink 2019
    • Blind River Tekau 2017
    • The Pioneer Gewürztraminer 2016

    Six Nations Wine Challenge 2019

    • Double Gold – The Pioneer Gewurztraminer 2016 (sold out)

    Marlborough Wine Show 2019

    • Gold – Reserve Pinot Noir 2017
    • Silver – Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    • Silver – Riesling 2017
    • Silver – Pink 2019

    New Zealand International 2019

    • Gold – Sauvignon Blanc 2018
    • Gold – Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    • Gold – Riesling 2017
    • Silver – Gewürztraminer 2017
    • Silver – Pink 2019
    • Silver – Reserve Pinot Noir 2017

     

    Reviews

    Winestate Magazine Best of Varietal Tasting

    • 5 stars – Tekau 2017

    Winestate Magazine Best of Best Value Wines

    • 5 stars – Sauvignon Blanc 2019

     

    Design Awards

    PINK

    • Guala Closures Award for the Best Presented Bottle’ at the 2020 Royal Easter Show Wine Awards
    • Silver medal awarded at the UK’s Harper’s Design Awards 2019 in October.
  • Silver for PINK in 2019 Harpers Design Awards

    Brand new wine, PINK Pinot by Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hills, has been awarded a silver at the Harper’s Design Awards 2019. The label was designed by Jason Petersen of Gusto Design, Nelson.

    Harpers is owned by Agile Media, a respected B2B drinks publishing and events company based in the UK. The company publishes Drinks International, Harpers Wine & Spirit and Drinks Retailing News.

    According to Harpers, the look and design of product packaging has never been more important in demonstrating brand values and giving cues to the quality of the liquid inside.

    In October a panel of designers and key on and off trade buyers were brought together to assess all the entries and deliver their expert opinion on which products have proven themselves worthy of a medal place and deserve to be category champions 2019.

    One of the judge’s commented on PINK, “Unique for wine and works well for rosé as well as price. Simple, unique, effective.”

    Commenting on the result, Petersen said, “It was fun and exciting to do something so different within the wine category and good to work with a producer willing to break the mould.”

    The full results will be published in Harpers Wine & Spirit and available to view all year round from 13 December 2019 at www.harpers.co.uk.

    For further information, contact Lawson’s Dry Hills Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson [email protected] 03 578 7674 or Jason Petersen www.gustodesign.com

    Harpers Design Awards 2019 logo

  • PINK Pinot

    Lawson’s Dry Hills breaks the mould…

    You know the white label (our Estate range) and you know the black one (our Reserve range) but how about silver and pink?

    You can only make a first impression once…

    At last a Rosé that tastes as good as it looks.

    And we think you’ll be impressed. PINK Pinot by Lawson’s Dry Hills

    #pinkbyldh

    Well-known Marlborough wine producer, Lawson’s Dry Hills has stepped out of the expected and into the unexpected with the launch of PINK Pinot. Created to capture the imagination of those who are flocking to ‘drink pink’, the Lawson’s team see this as a great opportunity to add something dynamic and exciting to the portfolio.

    PINK’s label is based on the popular mandala design – the literal meaning of which is ‘circle’ which represents wholeness. A circle also denotes balance and perfection, important characters in great wine. The mandala also symbolises the universe, in a spiritual sense, and in meditation it is said ‘to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones’.

    PINK is made from 100% Pinot Noir from the company’s Chaytors Road vineyard close to the coast in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley. The first grapes to be picked from the outstanding 2019 harvest, the juice was briefly left in contact with the skins before being pressed to stainless steel for a cool ferment with specially imported yeasts from southern France. The result is a deliciously fresh, highly aromatic and succulent wine with summer berry fruit flavours, juicy mid-palate and a crisp, dry finish (yes, this wine really is dry!). Winemaker, Marcus Wright says, “We have worked hard in vineyard and winery to craft a wine that is a much fun as the packaging – beautiful on the eye and delicious on the palate”.

    Dressed in silver, which is said to restore balance, and pink for compassion and glamour, this exciting new wine should be enjoyed with great friends, delicious eats and inspiring conversation.

    Available exclusively from EuroVintage, email [email protected] or call 0800 338 766.

    Contact information
    Belinda Jackson
    Group Marketing Manager, Lawson’s Dry Hills
    027 444 8 666
    [email protected]

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