Gold Medal & 95/100 – New World Wine Awards 2021
Lawson's Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2021 has plenty of classic Marlborough Sauvignon flavours, but it's the juicy, succulent texture that sets it apart. There is a flavour punch in the mid palate that makes it incredibly delicious and excitingly moreish.
Winery notes (2021 Vintage)
"Our 2021 Estate Sauvignon Blanc offers delicate floral notes and ripe tropical fruit layered over the typical Marlborough characters of passionfruit, lime and fresh, green herbs. The palate has lovely concentration, balanced acidity and a gentle, dry finish. This is a beautiful wine from a great vintage!
This wine comes from a handful of our vineyards mostly situated in Marlborough’s Southern Valleys and is complemented by a small amount of fruit from the Awatere. An early budburst and inclement weather at flowering lead to low yields, however the upside of this is that the 2021 season produced ripe and intensely flavoured grapes.
Low crops and fine weather during the harvest period allowed us to pick these grapes in perfect condition. Each block was picked when we considered them to have reached maximum passionfruit characters and while the acidity was still bright and crisp. The grapes were gently pressed before being fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected cultured yeast, while 5% was fermented with wild yeast in old French barriques."
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, October 2021 (2021 Vintage)
"What I like is that we get ample varietal flavour but we get it in a dry, almost stony context. It feels structural even as the fruit rolls out. Thistles and gooseberries with lemongrass about the edges; gravel even. It’s not a full-on explosion, and that’s a good thing."
4 ½ Stars Michael Cooper (2021 Vintage)
"One of the region's best, widely available Sauvignon Blancs, this stylish wine is vibrant, intense and finely structured. The grapes are grown at several sites, mostly in the Southern Valleys, and to add a subtle extra dimension, part of the blend (5 per cent in 2021) is fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels. The wine typically has strong impact in its youth, but also has a proven ability to age, acquiring toasty, minerally complexities. The 2021 vintage is still unfolding. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling, with very good intensity of ripe, tropical fruit flavours, a herbaceous undercurrent, a touch of complexity and a dry (2 grams/lltre of residual sugar), lingering finish. Best drinking mid-2022+."