Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Pinot Noir

Premium Marlborough wines of great character, quality and varietal expression. Lawson’s Dry Hills produce a benchmark range of Marlborough wines. Founded in 1992 by Ross and Barbara Lawson, their first vintage was just 15 tonnes and was managed by Ross from the old tin shed on the property, which is still standing and forms part of the winery cellar door. All the grapes for their range are sourced from Marlborough’s Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka, Awatere and Brancott valleys.


100% Pinot Noir

Vineyard & Vinification Note

Winemaker: Marcus Wright/Rebecca Wiffen Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.62 RS: 0

Vineyard and viticulture: This wine is sourced entirely from our Waihopai Valley vineyards. The grapes are a combination of clone 5, 667, 115 and 777. The vines are carefully tended all year round to ensure low yields and an even ripeness. The grapes were picked perfectly ripe and with an array of flavours that we see in the resulting wines.

Winemaking The fruit is harvested into open-top fermenters where it undergoes a cold maceration before fermentation kicks off spontaneously. The cap (a layer of grape skins that float to the top) was punched down three times a day to extract maximum flavour. Tanks were left on skins between seven and 20 days post ferment before being pressed into a mixture of French oak barriques and puncheons (25% new). After ten months, the best clones and barrels were selected for this wine.

Cellaring Two to six years

Tasting Note

This wine offers a complex array of aromatics ranging from dark, berry fruits through to savoury forest floor characters. The palate is softy and silky with exuberant berry and cherry flavours. This wine has a full mid-palate, good length and a rich, flavoursome finish.

Burghound Tasting Note

A completely different aromatic expression offers up perfumed notes of various dark berries, plum and an attractive spice nuance. There is notably better volume to the delicious and velvet-textured medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a dusty and firmer finish that delivers better overall depth. This is less refined but there’s more here.  91 Points, October 2020

Food Pairing

Game, turkey, flavoursome chicken dishes, chargrilled foods, pork and vegetarian dishes.