Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir

Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir is produced from carefully nurtured vines at Chaytors Road and Waihopai vineyards where the combination of clones, climate and soils produce something special. Small batch fermentation, hand-plunging and ageing in French oak has helped to produce an expressive wine with intense berry fruit, lovely texture, great concentration and fine tannins.


100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen

Vineyard and viticulture:  From a small selection of their Marlborough vineyards including blocks in the Southern Valleys and the Awatere Valley. All are two- cane VSP pruned, shoot-thinned and fruit-thinned to ensure low crops and a complete and consistent ripeness.

Winemaking: The grapes were gently crushed into small, open-top fermenters and they were held cold for five days before being inoculated with specially selected yeast. During fermentation the wine was hand-plunged three times a day to gently extract colour, tannin and flavour from the skins. The resulting wines were left on skins for seven days post-ferment before pressing to predominantly old French oak barriques (just 10% new).

The wine was blended after ten months maturation in barrel

Cellaring: Two to three years

Tasting Note

This 2018 Pinot Noir has a lovely burgundy hue and a warm, inviting nose of strawberry, raspberry and a touch of smoky, vanillin oak. Ripe berry flavours are matched with a lovely soft mouthfeel and fine silky tannins. Vegan friendly.

Burghound Tasting Note

A highly aromatic and high-toned nose features notes of raspberry, red cherry and soft floral wisps. The pliant, round and delicious lighter weight flavors possess a sleek and refined texture with pretty good delineation, all wrapped in a mildly austere finale. This is prettier than it is deep though the fine balance should permit this to drink well young as well as with 3 to perhaps 5 years of cellaring. 88 Points, Oct 2020

Food Pairing

Hot ham, pork, chicken, light red meat dishes, grilled dishes, seared tuna, stews and casseroles, pizza and pasta.