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Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer

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Gewurztraminer was one of the first varieties Lawsons planted in their Marlborough vineyards and they must have had a sixth sense because within just a few years it went on to become one of New Zealand’s finest examples. If you wanted to complement your Thai takeaway, then this is just the wine you need. It’s got all the aromatic lift you could hope for with musk and rose aromas as well as captivating lychee. Rich and rounded on the palate it shows the perfect balance between fruit flavour, sweetness and acids.

Winemaker's Notes

Our Gewürztraminer 2013 has beautiful lifted rose petal characters and delicate perfumed notes. The palate is just off dry, and is rich, round and luscious with lovely weight and length. Layered with flavours of marmalade, cardamom, ginger and lychee. This wine is an absolute delight. Enjoy in moderation with strong rich flavours or with something a little spicy. Cellar for five to six years.

Harvested when the flavours were optimal. The grapes were gently pressed, with the free run juice going into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The pressings were handled separately and fermented in oak barrels and left on the lees for several months post fermentation. The pressings which provide the weight and roundness to the wine were then blended back into the free run portion before bottling.

Alcohol: 14%


Reviews and Accolades


Supreme Champion Wine in Show - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014

Champion Gewürztraminer - The Marlborough Wine Show 2014 - Wine Competition Ltd

Gold Medal - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2014

Gold Medal - The Marlborough Wine Show 2014

Gold Medal - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2015

Blue Gold Medal - Sydney Internaional Wine Competition 2014

Pure Silver Medal - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014

Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge (Tranche 1) 2015

"This wineries Gewürztraminer consistently impresses. The conditions were there in 2013 to do so again and the team at Lawson's Dry Hills has delivered. Lychee and rosewater notes unfold gently on the palate - this medium-style wine has the poise, depth and structural ease that come with old vine fruit."
5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine 169 - March 2015

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Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
A steady performer in the aromatic white stakes, Lawson's has delivered a fragrant and concentrated tropical fruited style that shows plenty of lilting rose petal perfume too. The palate s bright, lively and juicy with a luscious peach and tropical fruit core, terrific balance and great length to boot.
Now
Good Wine Guide
92
Rob Geddes MW (2010 Vintage) says
You can smell these for hours. Varietal purity means richly exotic pungent pear and lychee richness and fleshy swings from dry to just off-dry sweetness and barley sugar-like aged flavours
2018
Rob Geddes MW
90
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
You can smell these for hours. Varietal purity means richly exotic pungent pear and lychee richness and fleshy swings from dry to just off-dry sweetness and barley sugar-like aged flavours
2016
Rob Geddes MW
90
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of the country's most impressive Gewurztraminers. Grown near the winery in the Home Block and nearby Woodward Vineyard, at the foot of the Wither Hills, it is typically harvested at over 24 brix and mostly cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks, but a small component is given 'the full treatment', with a high-solids, indigenous yeast ferment in seasoned French oak barriques, malolactic fermentation and lees-stirring. The 2009 is a medium-dry style (9 grams/litre of residual sugar), with substantial body and rich lychee, spice and ginger flavours. It's a generous wine with some exotic notes, slightly sweeter and crisper than the fleshy, soft 2008 .
2011 - 2014
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
You can smell these for hours. Varietal purity means richly exotic pungent pear and lychee richness and fleshy swings from dry to just off-dry sweetness and barley sugar-like aged flavours
Rob Geddes MW
93
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
You can smell these for hours. Varietal purity means richly exotic pungent pear and lychee richness and fleshy swings from dry to just off-dry sweetness and barley sugar-like aged flavours
Rob Geddes MW
94
Michael Cooper (2007 Vintage) says
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2001 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of the regions most impressive Gewurztraminers. The 2001 vintage is perfumed and sturdy (14.5 per cent alcohol), soft and rich, with deep citrus, spice and lychee flavours and a slightly off-dry, well-rounded finish. Grown in the Lawson and Woodward vineyards, at the foot of the Wither Hills, the 2002 is a bold, exotically perfumed wine, overflowing with soft, ripe lychees, spice and ginger flavours. Forward in its appeal, it's a dry style (four grams per litre of residual sugar), with soaring alcohol (14.5 per cent), gende acidity and a deliciously rich and rounded palate.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet exudes lychee, spice and rose petal aromas; a very big wine on the palate but the very low residual sugar (under 3 grams per litre) helps prevent the wine from cloying, notwithstanding its 14.5 degrees alcohol.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
90
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This is consistently one of the region's most impressive Gew|rztraminers. Packed with character, the 1998 vintage is a notably big, ripe wine, estate-grown at the foot of the Wither Hills. Light yellow-green, with a rich, gingery fragrance; it's still fresh and youthful, with strapping body (14.5 per cent alcohol) and loads of crisp, dry, gingery, well-spiced flavour. The richly fragrant 1999 is a weighty dry wine with delicate, concentrated lychees and spice flavours in a very mouthfilling (14 per cent alcohol], powerful style.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; the bouquet shows near perfect varietal character with a mix of spice, lychee and rose petal of light to medium intensity. There are similar flavours on the palate ranging through lime, lychee and spice; perfect varietal character but also wonderfully balanced, neither sweet nor phenolic.
Australian Wine Companion 1998 1997
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