Gewurztraminer from the land of Sauvignon Blanc.
The Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer is 100% Gewurztraminer from Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand. Most of the wine was aged in stainless steel with the rest spending 6 months in 10 year-old French oak barrels. It was also aged another 12 months in bottle before release. It has residual sugar of 9.3 g/L.
The wine has an SRP of $20 and is available for as low as $13. Ready to buy? Check your local retailers. Imported by The Country Vintner/Winebow. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
Lawson’s Dry Hills is a family owned Marlborough winery producing premium quality wines that exhibit excellent depth of flavor and varietal expression.
Located at the base of Marlborough’s Wither Hills our Home block around the winery and the nearby Woodward vineyard provide us with the Gewurztraminer that has lifted lychee and rose petal aromas, complemented by subtle spicy notes.
The palate is wonderfully rich with great intensity, wonderful balance and a dry finish.
We love to find the unexpected here at Reverse Wine Snob, and today’s wine definitely qualifies. Gewurztraminer, typically found in Alsace and Germany, growing in tiny New Zealand best known for its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir? That combination definitely piqued our interest. Let’s see how it tastes.
The 2014 Lawson’s Dry Hills Gewurztraminer begins with an enticing aroma of white peach, lots of floral notes and nice touches of ginger. The wine is quite soft on the palate and slightly sweet with lovely touches of ginger from the nose carrying over. You’ll also find a little orange peel, lots of melon, a bit of banana and a touch of honey. It ends with lingering ginger notes on the medium-length finish. Not only is it intriguing but it’s also quite good!
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