The original company vineyard was planted in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson, who launched the Lawson’s Dry Hills label some ten years later, in 1992. Today, the company’s wines include multiple varieties and their famous Gewürztraminer, all made from fruit grown in the Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka and Awatere Valleys. These different regions and carefully selected vineyard sites provide varying characteristics derived from the different soils and microclimates, giving many options when it comes to blending to that much-anticipated Lawson’s style.
Lawson’s Dry Hills Wines are leaders of sustainability in their industry. They are currently the only New Zealand wine producer to hold both Environmental Management and carbon zero accreditations. They also won a commendation at the Sustainable Business Awards in the Climate Action Leader category and the Excellence in Sustainability Award at the New Zealand International Business Awards.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
Vineyard & Vinification Note
Vineyards and viticulture:
“From parcels on two of our best vineyards, the blend is a 25/75% split between our Awatere and Waihopai Valley blocks. The grapes are grown on only two or three canes (as opposed to the usual four for Marlborough), which means our crop levels are strictly managed to ensure texture, weight and flavour intensity.”
“2023 was a near perfect growing season for Sauvignon Blanc. Good weather at flowering ensured good, but not excessive, potential crop levels and a long, sunny growing season followed. During harvest there was no pressure from inclement weather, so we were able to pick each block as it reached optimum ripeness and flavour. The grapes were gently pressed before being fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected cultured yeast, while a small amount was fermented with wild yeast in old French barriques. This added a little complexity and texture and softens the overall acidity.”
Drink now while bright and vivacious or age for a year or two and allow the wine to mellow and soften for a rounder mouthfeel.
This lovely wine has an attractive nose of zesty lemon and passionfruit tied together with layers of fresh, herbaceous characters. The palate has wonderful fruit concentration with mineral undertones and is balanced by a fresh acidity. The finish is gentle and dry.
Seafood, shellfish, salads, feta, goat cheese, fresh herbs, Vietnamese-style dishes, garlic prawns, light Thai dishes or enjoy just as a refreshing glass of expressive, stylish Sauvignon Blanc!