“The 2014 Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewürztraminer begins with an enticing aroma of white peach, lots of floral notes and nice touches of ginger. The wine is quite soft on the palate and slightly sweet with lovely touches of ginger from the nose carrying over. You’ll also find a little orange peel, lots of melon, a bit of banana and a touch of honey. It ends with lingering ginger notes on the medium-length finish. Not only is it intriguing but it’s also quite good!”
"This wine is initially marked by scents of charred oak and espresso beans. With aeration, the cherry fruit become more apparent. It's medium to full in body, with silky yet firm tannins that reflect the vineyard's clay soils."
“Rich almost to the point of oiliness, this is a fuller-than-typical vintage for this wine. Honey adds a sense of sweetness to the ripe lychee flavors, but there’s still sufficient peppery gingery spice for balance.”
"Pale ruby colored with a hint of purple, the 2014 Pinot Noir Clay Hills Vineyard has a delicate nose of cranberries, pomegranate and moss with hints of sauteed herbs and lavender. Light-bodied and elegantly played on the palate, it has lifted red berry and herb flavors framed by soft tannins and finishing with earthy nuances."
“Grapes for the Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand, derive from vineyards planted in 1981. The regimen is six months in 80 hectoliter tanks — 2,113.37 gallons — and standard French barriques. This is a truly lovely wine, from its shimmer of pale gold hue to his intriguing scents of lychee and gardenia, grapefruit and mango, with notes of petrol and honeysuckle, to its exquisite tension among spicy flavors of figs, quince and ginger; scintillating limestone minerality; and bright acidity that cuts a furrow on the palate. The essence here is a briery, loamy, heather and woodsy character under succulent yellow fruit, leading to a typical stony finish freighted with grapefruit rind bitterness. 14 percent alcohol. Drink now through 2020 to ’22. Excellent.”
"From estate vineyards on the clay soils of the southern hills and alluvial soils in the valleys, this is fermented with a small amount of whole bunches and without added yeast after a week-long cold soak. It’s bright and spicy, a fresh pinot with a lively feel—a long line drive of strawberry flavor with brisk tannins keeping it aloft. Tightly focused and tart, this is a wine that’s easy to drink in quantity, with depth of flavor that will hold your interest."
In “Gewürztraminer: A Rare, Rewarding Wine (Even If You Can’t Pronounce It),” Lettie Teague explores what makes this hard-to-pronounce grape reviled as much as it is adored: “The fragrance is one that people passionately love or hate—making it the Patchouli of grapes.” In her tasting of 12 examples, one of her stand out favorites was LAWSON’S DRY HILLS Gewürztraminer 2014: “Sauvignon Blanc may be the signature grape of New Zealand’s Marlborough region, but Gewürz¬traminer has long been the flagship grape for Lawson’s Dry Hills. This wine has a rich texture and a spicy-floral nose.”