Lawson's Dry Hills takes home trifecta

Lawson's Dry Hills came up trumps with three trophies, including wine of show, at the 2012 Marlborough Wine Show dinner and awards presentation in Blenheim on Saturday night.

About 150 people from the Marlborough wine industry were at the sellout dinner at the Marlborough Convention Centre as 46 gold medals and 15 trophies were presented for the most outstanding wines.

Family-owned Lawson's Dry Hills, based in Alabama Rd in Blenheim, won trophies for its 2010 gewurztraminer and 2010 pinot noir, which was also awarded wine of show.

Founder and owner Barbara Lawson said they made their first pinot noir in 1996 and it was good to know they were doing it right.

"It was a surprise, we tend to do well with our whites so it's pleasing to see our pinot is hitting the straps," she said.

Chief judge Jeff Clarke said the entries showed that last season's challenging weather had produced some excellent quality 2012 wines, particularly sauvignon blanc.

"There was some trepidation we would run out of summer, but it was all fine in the end.

"Sauvignon blanc is looking excellent, there are some wonderful examples from right across the region."

Having a show dedicated to Marlborough wines helps the industry learn more about the specific characteristics across the sub regions, discover new and different styles and understand the differences between excellent and average wines, he said.

Competition director Belinda Jackson said the show takes the enjoyment, analysis and understanding of Marlborough wines to the next level.

The show is in its second year and Mrs Jackson is pleased with the support from the industry. She aims to get even more wineries involved next year. "We need to give our markets a real reason to still get excited about Marlborough wines, and this event shows the style diversity and scope across all the grape varieties."

Sixty wineries entered the show this year, which is about 40 per cent of the region's wine producers, she said.

Trophy winners


Sparkling wine: Nautilus Cuvee Marlborough Brut NV

Sauvignon blanc 2012: Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon blanc 2011: Marisco The King's Favour Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Sauvignon blanc 2010 and older: Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon blanc, emerging style: Waterfalls Road ‘Technical Drop' Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Chardonnay 2012-2011: Saint Clair Pioneer 10 Block Twin Hills Chardonnay 2011

Pinot Gris: Kim Crawford Regional Reserves Pinot Gris 2012

Riesling 2012-2011: Two Rivers ‘Juliet' Riesling 2012

Riesling 2010 and older: Coopers Creek Marlborough Riesling 2010

Gewurztraminer: Lawson's Dry Hills Gewurztraminer 2010

Sweet Wine: Brancott Estate Late Harvest ‘B' Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Pinot Noir 2012-2011: Babich Winemakers' Reserve Pinot Noir 2011

Pinot Noir 2010: Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2010

Pinot Noir 2009 and older: Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Pinot Noir 2009

Wine of the show: Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2010



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