Today, the company’s wines include Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and our famous Gewurztraminer, all made from fruit grown in 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.
The dedicated bunch of people that make up our small team at Lawson’s Dry Hills are very ‘hands on’, living and breathing every part of the viticultural and winemaking process. We do a lot of talking and tasting before pouring our shared inspiration into every bottle.
The resulting wines offer an authentic expression of the place and the grape variety they are made from together with a certain special something that we believe can only come from passion.
Vineyards and viticulture: 43% of the grapes for this wine came from the Awatere Valley and the balance from the Wairau Valley. Grown on two and three cane VSP pruned vines, the grapes were picked on flavour to achieve a [perfect balance of ripe passionfruit with crisp, grassy notes.
Winemaking: Picked when we believe the flavours are at their optimum, the grapes are picked in the cool of the early morning, pre-dawn. They are gently pressed and the juice run into stainless steel tanks for fermentation at cool temperatures with specially selected yeast that maximise the juices aromatics. After fermentation the tanks are tasted and graded. This wine is a selection of our best tanks. The wine is bottled on site.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, Alc 12.3%, pH 3.30, TA 7.0, RS 2g/L
Cellaring: Deliciously punchy and intense now but will mellow slightly over the next two to three years.
Food Match: Seafood, shellfish, salads, asparagus, dishes with freshly chopped herbs, feta and goats’ cheese or else the perfect aperitif.