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Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir

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Marlborough is firming up as the region of choice to make quality Pinot Noir in New Zealand and in just a few years has proven that the quality is getting better and better. The Lawson’s Dry Hills has just the kind of earthy complexity and joyously perfumed aroma that we search for in Pinot Noir. Laden with black cherry some spicy oak and vanillin notes this is going to pair brilliantly with dishes loaded with mushroom or game.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: The wine is bright burgundy in colour.

Nose: The nose has wonderful complexity, with bright cherry and red berry fruit flavours, matched with well integrated mocha and vanilla notes from the oak maturation.

Palate: The palate is supple with light, soft tannins, gentle acidity and a pleasing length. Fruit flavours are to the fore with some nice complexity in the form of coffee and char from the barrique fermented component.

Food: Lighter red meat dishes, cold cuts and babecue.

Cellaring: Two to three years, as the wine matures, we will see addditional complexity with the development of savoury mushroom and barnyard characters.

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Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir

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Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has a toasty stripe of oak painted fairly through the middle of the wine, both on the nose and on the palate, and, given that we're dealing with a young wine, you'd expect to see it integrate over the next few months. Plum and dark cherry fruit weaves through sweet toasted spice and sturdy tannins.
From 2011
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Cherryish, plummy, slightly spicy bouquet. Firmly structured palate, with a slight lack of ripeness and richness, but some savoury complexity.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)

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