• Two trophies at the 2018 New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

    Media release for immediate publication

    24 October 2018

    Champion Sauvignon Blanc and Champion Gewurztraminer for Marlborough’s Lawson’s Dry Hills at the New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

    Lawson’s Dry Hills has been awarded two trophies at the 2018 New Zealand Wine of the Year Awards

    The company’s Awatere Valley, single vineyard wine, Blind River Sauvignon Blanc 2018 won the Antipodes Water Company Champion Sauvignon Blanc trophy while the Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer 2016 received the Riedel New Zealand Champion Gewürztraminer trophy.

    Commenting on the results, Chief Winemaker, Marcus Wright said, “It’s great to receive the Gewurztraminer trophy – that’s three years in a row and we’re delighted, but to be recognised for one of our Sauvignon Blancs is very exciting.” He continues, “The Blind River vineyard is a very special site and superbly looked after by our Viticulturist, Mark Ludemann and his team.”

    The Lawson’s Dry Hills team are no strangers to awards, receiving eight gold medals in the last two weeks from New Zealand-based shows. Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson comments, “Awards are great recognition of the wines we love to make. Five out of the six grape varieties we produce have been awarded gold medals this month which is great for us and for our distribution partners around the world.”

    From humble, yet pioneering beginnings 25 years ago, the small team at Lawson’s Dry Hills continue to explore what they can do differently, do better. From grape to glass the company has ownership of every part of the process and believes this total control is an important part of making top quality wine.

    For more information please email belinda@lawsonsdryhills.co.nz or call 03 578 7674.

  • Lawson’s Dry Hills serves up top wines in Dish Magazine

    Well-known for their aromatics, Marlborough wine producer Lawson’s Dry Hills has two wines in the top six of the latest Dish Magazine tasting, including the top spot. Taking first place with the Pioneer Gewurztraminer 2016 and sixth with the estate Gewurztraminer 2016, this is further proof of the company’s ability to in produce outstanding quality wines.

    Chief Winemaker, Marcus Wright, delighted with the acknowledgment said, “Gewürztraminer may not be a big seller, but it’s been our calling card for many years”. He puts it success down to the vineyard, “With vines that are over 35 years old and grown on clay soils, you certainly see intensity of aroma and flavour, but also texture.” He explains, “These wines feel weighty in your mouth, almost viscous, they leave an incredible impression.”

    As if to reinforce this point, Dish Magazine’s Yvonne Lorkin described the Pioneer Gewürztraminer: “I love how focused, flavoursome, concentrated and multi-layered this gewürztraminer is,” while Jo Burzynska agreed saying, “It’s big, rich and generous – just what good gewürz should be.” Third judge, Cameron Douglas MS commented, “So well-made, I could drink this all day.”

    Lawson’s Dry Hills are offering trade and media an opportunity to taste a ten-year vertical of Gewurztraminer at their up-coming tasting being held in Auckland on 9th October.

    Click to read Dish Tasting Panel

    For further information, please contact Lawson’s Dry Hills Group Marketing Manager, Belinda Jackson belinda@lawsonsdryhills.co.nz or by phone 027 4448 666.

  • Marlborough wine – protecting and promoting the real deal

    A new initiative has been launched to safeguard Marlborough’s wine reputation and Lawson’s Dry Hills is among the first to jump on board.

    The protection of ‘brand Marlborough’ has been under discussion for some years but with the proliferation of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc labels over recent times, a group of key industry people led by Ivan Sutherland of Dog Point Vineyards, have been spurred into action.

    Under the name Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW), the aim of the initiative is to protect the integrity, authenticity and brand value of wines produced in Marlborough. The initial focus is on Sauvignon Blanc only.

    To communicate this to the market, an Appellation Marlborough Wine mark has been developed for use on packaging and collateral (appertaining to the relevant wines only). To use it, producers must sign a licence agreement comprised of the following standards and quality parameters, declaring each wine submitted is:

    • Made only from 100% Marlborough-grown grapes
    • Made only from grapes grown in vineyards which are certified as part of a recognised sustainable viticultural program.
    • Made only from grapes grown at an appropriate cropping level* (each year the Licensor will notify the Licensee of the cropping level which will be expressed as tonnes of grapes per net producing hectare and be pertinent to each separate vineyard parcel).
    • Bottled in New Zealand.

    The majority of the process will be based on the honesty and integrity of members and on the correctness of certifications they are required to submit. Members agreed that underpinning these arrangements, there needs to be a system for inspections and audit.

    *If grapes used to produce the certified wine do not comply with the Licensor’s desired cropping level, then the Licensee may submit the wine with any necessary supporting evidence to the Licensor’s wine tasting panel which at its absolute discretion may permit that wine to become certified. The tasting panel shall be entirely set by the licensor and the decision of that panel shall be final and binding.

  • Sauvignon Blanc Day – Friday, 4 May 2018

    Celebrate #SauvBlanc day at our Cellar Door with 20% off all Sauvignon Blanc purchases!
    Plus, experience some older vintages with a special vertical tasting – one day only!
    No bookings necessary – just come and see us at 238 Alabama Road – the closest Cellar Door to Blenheim’s town centre!

  • Cellar Door winter opening hours

    May 23, 2017

     Our Cellar Door is going on to winter opening hours.

    This weekend May 27th/28th will be our last weekend opening, we will be closed on weekends during June/July/August.

    We will reopen for weekend trading on September 2nd 2017.

    The Cellar Door remains open Monday to Friday – 10.00am to 5.00pm.

  • Gold Medal for Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015

    The Lawson’s Dry Hills Riesling 2015 has been awarded a GOLD MEDAL at the Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2017, this award comes hard on the heels of the same wine being selected as FIVE STARS AND BEST BUY in the March issue of Cuisine magazine(issue 181) “This Riesling has length and elegance”.

  • American Airlines & Lawson’s Dry Hills

    International Business Class

    American Airlines have confirmed our multi award winning LDH Sauvignon Blanc 2015 will be poured in business class as part of their inflight pouring program for 2016.

  • Sauvignon Blanc Day – May 5, 2017

    Come and see what happens when Winemaker and Cheesemaker meet…

    Apr 20, 2017

    International #SauvBlanc Day is on Friday, May 5. Join Marcus (Lawson’s Dry Hills winemaker) and Simon (Cranky Goat cheesemaker) to discover what makes goat’s cheese and Sauvignon Blanc taste so good together.

    Enjoy our three top Sauvignon Blancs – Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve 2016, Blind River 2016 and the very limited Tekau 2014, paired with Simon’s specially matched cheeses.

    Tastings at 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 2pm at Lawson’s Dry Hills Cellar Door, Alabama Road, Blenheim $10 per person. Bookings necessary as just eight people at a time. Please call 03 578 7674 or email wine@lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

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