Lawson's Dry Hills Pinot Noir 2001
Pinot Noir from New Zealand
Sourced from the steep clay slopes of the Giles vineyard, this Pinot is grown without irrigation. The grapes were handpicked on the 25th of March at just over 24° Brix. Fermentation in open vats using traditional handplunging was followed by barrel maturation in new to four- year-old Barriques.
Deep ruby in colour, this Pinot Noir balances rich black cherry flavours with a complex earthy palate structure, ripe tannins and a long firm finish.
Lawson's Dry Hills Winery
Lawson's Dry Hills is a medium-sized Marlborough wine company committed to the production of premium Marlborough wines. The company was founded in 1992 by Ross and Barbara Lawson, when they decided to make wine themselves rather than on-selling the grapes that they had been growing since 1980.
The wines have been received well, with many show successes. Recent vintages of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, and now Pinot Noir show excellent depth of fruit and complexity with a variety of winemaking techniques applied.
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About Other New Zealand
A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
About New Zealand
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc
(made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay
and the ever-growing Pinot Noir
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.