Lawson’s Dry Hills 2015, 2014 and 2013 Marlborough Releases

Ross and Barbara Lawson founded Lawson’s Dry Hills in 1992 after contract supplying grapes from their Alabama Road vineyard since 1980. Along the way, the Lawson’s developed a name for being innovators with screwcap technology and a fine reputation as makers of classical Marlborough wines with clarity of expression of variety and regionality. Nowadays, the company owns and sources fruit from a gamut of vineyards that stretch from the ;Chaytors Road site near Spring Creek, right across the Wairau Valley with holdings deep in the Southern Hills to the Waihopai Valley, and in the Awatere Valley regions. Long-term shareholders Tim and Pauline Evill took up the Lawson family shares late last year, with shareholdings by general manager Sion Barnsley, winemaker Marcus Wright and marketing man Derek Lilley. Barbara remains as a brand ambassador for the company. I sense a greater purpose and finesse with the wines as seen by the newest releases reviewed here.


  • Mt Vernon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
  • Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
  • Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Riesling 2013
  • Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2013
  • Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
  • Lawson’s Dry Hills ‘Reserve’ Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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