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Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2022

Introducing Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2022 – a wine that will truly captivate your senses! From the first whiff, you’ll be entranced by its enticing aromas of lemon, honeysuckle and brioche, with subtle hints of smoke and bees’ wax. But that’s just the beginning! On the palate, you’ll experience a rich and full-flavoured wine that offers a perfect balance of concentrated, ripe fruit and toasty French oak, offset by a refreshing thread of fresh, citrus acidity. Every sip is an indulgent treat that lingers on the palate, leaving you wanting more. This is a wine that you won’t want to miss out on!


Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Chardonnay 2022

This wine offers enticing aromas of lemon and peach with a light smokiness. Lovely concentration of fruit is enhanced by the French oak characters of vanilla and the extended lees contact adds toasted brioche and savoury flavours to the palate. An elegant, full-flavoured wine with a lovely, long finish.

Vineyards and viticulture

From our coastal vineyard where the sea breezes moderate temperatures, this block is situated on the banks of the Wairau Diversion. The silts and river stones, combined with our 17 – 21-year-old Mendoza clone vines, are the perfect match. Chardonnay is an early variety for us and it arrived at the winery in pristine condition, perfectly ripe and full of flavour.


The grapes are hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed and the juice settled briefly before being racked to French oak barrels (22% new). The juice was fermented ‘wild’ and encouraged to undergo full malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked from barrel and blended prior to being bottled here at the winery some ten months later.

Food Pairing

Seafood, terrines and pates, risotto, chicken, pork and char-grilled foods, roasted vegetables, dishes with creamy or buttery sauces, pumpkin and other sweet vegetables.

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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!