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.
Based in Blenheim Marlborough, the original company vineyard was planted in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson. They launched the Lawson’s Dry Hills label – making their own wines – some ten years later, in 1992. Today, the company remains family owned and wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer, all made from fruit grown in the sub districts of Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka and Awatere Valleys. Accredited with both “ISO 14001:2015” and “Sustainable Wine Growing New Zealand” awards, Lawson’s employs fundamental environmental practices which respect both the specific vineyards and broader environment. In the last 10 years they have won multiple international awards – highlighted by no less than 3 International Trophies for their Sauvignon Blancs with both The International Wine Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards.
To quote Lawson’s themselves: “There are plenty of Marlborough wine brands, but none have our vineyards or our people, the two most important factors in our business. And very few can say that their key people (including Head Winemaker Marcus Wright and Vineyard Manager Mark Ludemann) have been with the business for almost 20 years. Each.”
100% Pinot Noir.
This wine is sourced entirely from their Waihopai Valley vineyards. 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.
Game, hot ham, turkey, flavoursome chicken dishes, chargrilled foods, pork, vegetarian dishes.
In the Press
Gold medal – Marlborough Wine Show 2019
Silver medal – New Zealand International Wine Show 2019
Best Buy & 4.5 stars – Cuisine