Fantastic Vintage 2020 at Lawson's Dry Hills, NZ
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We may be confined but nature carries on and looking after the vineyards continues. Some good news at last as the vintage at Lawson’s Dry Hills in New Zealand has been fantastic!

“The weather has been good throughout the season and particularly good over harvest. We now have all our fruit in and we are truly delighted with everything. We managed the crop levels really well, keeping yields tight so you can expect the same flavour integrity and sense of place as always.

Covid-19 has given us some big challenges in terms of the protocols we have had to follow, but our vineyard and winery teams have been exceptional and we are grateful to have been allowed to continue harvesting grapes and making wine.

Finally, we are really pleased that 2020 has delivered just as much as the excellent 2019 vintage, if not more, and we look forward to you and your customers enjoying the wines. Cheers!”

Marcus Wright, Lawson’s Dry Hills Senior Winemaker


Beautifully clean fruit from every block but as usual our Waihopai Valley vineyards really stood out. Larger than normal berry size but the juice still has good colour, weight and structure.


Our old vines, planted in 1981, have yet again produced an outstanding crop of deeply flavoured, intense and delicious fruit. We made several passes through the vineyard, initially for the Estate wines and then later for the Pioneer.


A single vineyard wine – this amazing fruit is perhaps the best we have ever seen off this Riesling block in our Waihopai vineyard. Careful canopy management and ideal conditions has resulted in totally perfect grapes with intense citrus and green apple flavours.


We did 38 separate picks of Sauvignon Blanc from our vineyards throughout the region. The blocks were harvested in their ideal window after a fair bit of tasting grapes in the vineyard in the dark! As is usually the case, our Waihopai and Awatere Valley fruit was perhaps the most exciting, with a broad range of flavours that reflect each vineyard site. Yield management so vital here and in more prolific years such as this one, our two and three cane vines gave us perfectly ripe fruit with no hint of the canopies fading. As our leading varietal, we couldn’t be happier!


Beautifully ripe at an early stage of harvest, we hand-picked a portion of the Chardonnay for our Reserve wine. Due to the French strike, our new barrels were a bit late but made it in the end – just! The Estate will again be 100% wild ferment, in stainless steel.


Walking that fine line between flavour development and the grapes becoming too ripe – we picked at just the right time with no weather pressure. The fruit was rich and flavoursome but still retained a lovely fresh balance of acidity.

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