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Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

13 April,2017
Founded in 1992 by Ross and Barbara Lawson, their ‘Lawson’s Dry Hill’ quickly became synonymous with carefully crafted Marlborough wines of clarity and regional expression. After the passing of Ross Lawson in 2009, long time shareholders Tim and Pauline Evill took up the family shares eventually in 2014. The company has shareholders Sion Barnsley as general manager and director, his family involved with Lawson’s since its inception, and Marcus Wright, senior winemaker since 2001. The Lawson’s team is a strong one with Marc Ludemann in the viticultural role since 2006, Bec Wiffen as assistant winemaker since 2004 and Belinda Jackson as the group marketing manager. Barbara Lawson retains the continuity as the brand ambassador. With the changes has come new energy and the range of wines from the company’s multiple fruit sources throughout the region have grown in sophistication. Here, I review the new 2016 Sauvignon Blanc which shows the move away from straightforward vinification and style. www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

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Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18.5+/20
Bright pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very rich in fruit with firmly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with savoury herbs, notes of cut grass, green stonefruits and subtle hints of smoke. The aromatics are densely pack and interwoven, opening in volume with aeration. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has rich, luscious and lively mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit, gooseberries, green stonefruits, and slightly savoury, smoky herb nuances. This has weight and presence, and the dense core flows smoothly along a soft-textured line with balanced acidity and energy. The wine carries to a long finish of passionfruit and green stonefruits. This is a rich and well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with layers of passionfruit, green stonefruits and savoury herb elements. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 100% Marlborough fruit, two-thirds from the company’s Waihopai Valley and Chaytors Road vineyards, and the balance from the southern side of the Wairau Valley, 7% indigenous yeast fermented, and 6% in seasoned French oak barriques, the remainder conventionally in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.5+/20 Apr 2017 RRP $20.00
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