When a delivery arrives from Lawson’s Dry Hills, it is always of interest. This family winery has a real knack with aromatics, at prices that indicate the quality but do not undermine viability.
The Gewurtz 2010 ($26) is the Full Monty – aromas of ginger flowers, lychee and Turkish Delight that are realised in the mouth with a creamy mantle wrapping sufficient crispness to avoid flab and delivering a long and concentrated palate.
The 2009 Marlborough Riesling ($20) has aromas of sweet lime and a touch of early “fuel” character loved by some (not me!). Zingy, smoky and loaded with lime it has a natural balance that paints it dry, despite 9.6 g/l of acidity. Picked at the end of March 2009, the moderate ripeness has allowed winemakers Marcus Wright and Rebecca Wiffen to achieve textbook acid/sugar balance. Try it with a salad of smoked chicken, apple, sweet winter roquette, pine nuts and lime dressing.
The 2009 Pinot Noir ($27) at this stage seems a little edgy and ungainly, with jagged and drying tannins.http://wineandfood.co.nz/blog/2012/04/hello-world/