Thursday, 20 August 2009

A lesson in some fine wine?

Lawson's Dry Hills Winery,
Marlborough, New Zealand.
Thursday, September 24th, 2009 at 6:30pm
Ross and Barbara Lawson founded Lawson's Dry Hills in 1992, they had been growing Gewürztraminer grapes for other wine companies on their Alabama road vineyard since 1980.

Their first vintage, which included the Gewürztraminer grown on the Alabama road vineyard, was just fifteen tonnes and was managed by Ross from the old tin shed on the property, which is still standing and forms part of the winery cellar door. Their Gewürztraminer has gone on to be recognised as one of the country's finest and has firmly established Lawson's Dry Hills on the national and international wine stage.
Other plantings soon followed and the company now produce a benchmark range of Marlborough wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir, as well as outstanding Gewürztraminer.

All the grapes for Lawson’s Dry Hills are sourced from Marlborough's Wairau, Waihopai, Omaka and Brancott valleys. The Lawson’s have a very simple company philosophy –
"To produce Marlborough wines of great character at a fair price"

Lawson's Dry Hills has one other distinction, they believe that it was the first winery in the world to seal all it's 750ml bottles with a screwcap as a means of avoiding cork tainted wine.

To kick off our evening we will begin by sampling the Sauvignon Blanc. Aromatically the wine is an intriguing blend of passionfruit,lemongrass and floral notes with freshly cut herbs and red capsicum(bellpaper) adding complexity.Crisp acidity gives the palate its typical Marlborough zing whilst highlighting the wines mineral qualities and adding to its great length.Flavour wise,passionfruit,pink grapefruit and lime dominate.With bottle age, the barrel ferment component will become more evident providing rich tropical characters to the palate.

When it comes to enjoying a riesling the nose on this one displays a lovely mixture of citrus and stonefruit aromas with floral/spice notes adding complexity.The palate is light and freash with zingy acidity and a long clean finish.This wine has just enough residual suger(6g/L) to balance the wine's acidity whilst remaining crisp and dry.

This Pinot Noir amalgamates a mixture of black cherry,dark chocolate and exotic spice combine to produce a delightfully complex nose.The palate is elegant with good concentration and soft tannins showing blackberry,coffee and vanilla flavours.

Marcus Wright


Having acquired a love of good wine whilst working as a research scientist, Marcus in 1997 moved onto a vintage Cellarhand position, next Cellarmaster and eventually a Vintage Winemaker for Montana in Gisborne, NZ.

He then went to South America to work the 2000 vintage in Chile for Vina San Pedro and finally onto France with a vintage in the Loire for Jacques Lurton.

Marcus returned to NZ in 2001 with his partner and soon to be born son (having now added a daughter) and took up his position with Lawson’s Dry Hills helping to create elegant, fruit focused wines receiving top accolades for the aromatic team.

“My passion is for producing fantastic wines. I enjoy doing this in a well organized manner leaving nothing to chance. Experience in a wide range of wine companies from NZ to Wineries in Chile and France has given me the tools and knowledge to produce very good wines at all levels.”

We are fortunate that Marcus will join us for the evening to teach us all about these fantastic wines!

As with most of our events this will be a 'Pot Luck' style evening where all attendees will be asked to bring a covered dish of something they have thrown together that has been produced/sourced locally. In addition this event is sponsored by Febvre Wines.
Thursday September 24th, 2009 - 6.30pm

at the home of

Ron & Móna Wise

Rockhaven, Rockwood


County Galway

Contact information for reservations

091 739 624

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