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Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2023

Experience the pure essence of the chardonnay grape variety with Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2023. This wine has minimal oak influence allowing the fruit characters to really shine. Aromas include citrus, apple and brioche while palate is elegant and smooth and delivers a good concentration of fruit flavours together with a soft texture and lovely balance of fresh acidity. This is a deliciously pure expression of Chardonnay, ready to be enjoyed as a glass on its own or with a variety of subtle dishes.


Lawson’s Dry Hills Chardonnay 2023

This wine offers a range of aromas including lemon zest, red apple and brioche. The palate is ripe and juicy with citrus and peach flavours, a soft texture and a lovely, clean acidity. A deliciously pure expression of Chardonnay highlighting the variety’s natural fruit characters together with some richness and balanced by a fresh acidity.

Vineyards and viticulture

This is a single vineyard wine from our Chaytors Road property close to the coast in the Wairau Valley, where the sea breezes moderate temperatures. The grapes are half 25-year-old Mendoza clone and half six-year-old vines of the newer 548 clone.


2023 was a great season, although flowering was rather cool resulting in a lower fruit set. Warm, sunny weather prevailed throughout, and the grapes were picked in perfect condition in early March. They were gently pressed, and the juice was fermented in tank with wild yeast over a two-month period. It was lees-stirred weekly and then aged in old French barriques for a further three months.

Food Pairing

Easy to enjoy on its own, or to accompany seafood, creamy risottos and pasta dishes, fresh salmon, soft white cheeses and chicken.

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Gold Medal & Trophy Winner

We’re delighted that our Reserve Chardonnay was awarded a Gold medal and the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy at the recent 2023 International Wine Challenge (IWC).

Now in its 39th year, the IWC is accepted as the world’s most rigorous, impartial and influential annual wine competition.

Well done team!