Lawson's wins award for best savvy

20:19, May 22 2013
Barbara Lawson
London success: Lawson’s Dry Hills owner Barbara Lawson and winemaker Marcus Wright celebrate the award of three trophies at the International Wine Challenge.

A small family-owned Marlborough winery has picked up the trophy for producing the best sauvignon blanc at the International Wine Challenge in London.

Lawson's Dry Hills 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc won the New Zealand White Trophy, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Trophy and International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the wine show, which is considered one of the most important in the world.

Matua Valley picked up the Marlborough Chardonnay Trophy for its Single Vineyard Marlborough Chardonnay 2011, and Forrest Wines won the Marlborough Pinot Noir Trophy for its John Forrest Collection Brancott Pinot Noir 2010.

Lawson's Dry Hills 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Lawson's Dry Hills 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc

Barbara Lawson was ecstatic with the win and attributed the success to a "team effort".

"It's very pleasing to receive recognition for the quality of our wine, especially at these levels.

"The winery and viticulture crew along with our growers Shawn Black and Denise Thomas with their wonderful parcel of Lower Wairau sauvignon blanc, have helped produce this wine."


While there were only limited stocks of the winning wine left, the recognition was immensely valuable to their brand, she said.

Lawson's Dry Hills also picked up two of nine regional trophies awarded to New Zealand producers in the Decanter World Wine Awards, announced in London on Monday.

This is not the first year a family-owned Marlborough winery has taken honours for the best sauvignon blanc in the International Wine Challenge. Yealands Estate picked it up last year, Clifford Bay in 2009 and Saint Clair Family Estate won in 2008.

New Zealand wine writer and educator Bob Campbell, who chaired the New Zealand judging panel a few years ago, said it was the largest blind tasting event in the world with judging over two weeks. There were three rounds of blind tasting and all wines entered were tasted independently and wines from particular regions were tasted against each other.

It used some of the most vigorous judging processes he had been involved with, he said.

"In terms of results . . . you could confidently say they seem to be consistent and reliable."

Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said wine awards were highly influential with consumers.

"It's a reaffirmation for the region," he said.

"It proves again that we are right on target, and producing wine that people want."

The Marlborough Express