Star of the Show

The entire New Zealand tasting came down to one wine for me.  It stood out above all the rest. I’d never heard of it before, and actually it barely registered to me that New Zealand produced any Gewurztraminer.  I’ve never seen any Gewurz from New Zealand around anywhere, but I do love a good Gewurz.  And actually, everything I tasted from this one winery impressed me.  I’d certainly seek them out in the future.  The Winery in question? Lawson’s Dry Hills.

Lawson’s Dry Hills is a family run winery in New Zealand.  They produce Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rose, and Late Harvest Riesling.  However, their production began in 1992 with jut 15 tons of Gewurztraminer! While the Gewurz clearly won as my favorite, I’ll give you my notes here for everything I tasted.

2007 Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer: Huge aroma, lychee, almond, apricot, lime, tropicl fruits, nice mouthfeel, great acidity, spice.

2006 Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Noir: Smoky, cherry, black pepper, nice red fruit, great mouthfeel, bright raspberries, cherries, tart.

2007 Lawson’s Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc: Lime, passion fruit, ripe melon, grapefruit, gooseberry, fleshy, citrus, round mouthfeel (it sees some oak).

2008 Lawson’s Dry Hills Pinot Gris: Smoky, spice, pear, cream, vanilla, apple, spice apple pie, nice finish.

2004 Lawson’s Dry Hills Late Harvest Gewurztraminer: Nice color. Honeysuckle, lychee, orange blossoms, apricot, pear, light, nicely done.

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