• Vintage report 2017

    Jun 20, 2017

    Marlborough is one of the world’s most consistent grape-growing regions when it comes to the climate. Known  for the long growing season with hot days and cool nights deep into autumn, wines from this province continue to thrill the world.

    This year, the season wasn’t quite as predictable and this gave our skilled viticultural and winemaking teams the chance to draw on their expertise and really shine.

    From bud-burst on, the 2017 growing season was warm and dry which led to good flowering and fruit set. Summer arrived with typically warm days, although there was above average rainfall during February and again during April.

    Vintage started for us with the harvest of the Pinot Noir for the Rosé, then Pinot Gris  and Chardonnay, all of which were in perfect condition. Each varietal showed lovely, authentic flavours and moderate brix levels.

    The rest of the Pinot Noir was picked revealing intense flavours and colour, we are excited about all these wines, all of which show great promise.In between these varieties we made several picks of Gewürztraminer and Riesling, the Riesling in particular had a little botrytis which will give the wine a desirable hint of nectarine and apricot as well as added complexity and mouthfeel.

    Our carefully managed yields meant we achieved satisfactory ripeness levels and could therefore harvest the Sauvignon Blanc before the major rain period had a significant effect on the fruit quality. This is also when our autonomy really gave us a huge advantage, our ability to pick and crush with no reliance on outside sources allowed us to harvest each vineyard block at its optimum.

    The resulting wines possess lovely, lifted passionfruit characters and will display the typically pronounced varietal characters and the flavour profiles that we know our customers enjoy.

  • 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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