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19/11/2014

Blenheim winery excels with Pinot Noir

Blenheim-based winery Lawson’s Dry Hills has received a raft of gold medals and trophies at a number of wine shows over the past couple of months.

The list of recent accolades includes six gold medals for the Reserve Pinot Noir 2012 awarded at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards, Marlborough Wine Show, New Zealand International Wine Competition, Spiegelau International Wine Competition and the Easter Wine Show.

The drop also received five stars and was crowned 'best buy' in Cuisine Magazine.

The recently released 2013 Reserve Pinot Noir is echoing the success of 2012's with a gold medal and trophy at the Marlborough Wine Show and a gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

“Lawson’s is renowned for outstanding wines and receiving all these awards for Pinot Noir is particularly pleasing.” Derek Lilley, the company's sales and marketing manager said.

“Our customers know us for aromatics, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer, but these accolades just go to prove how exceptional our wines are across the board.”

Marcus Wright, chief winemaker, attributes the success to inroads made in both the winery and the vineyard.

“We’ve always enjoyed the challenge of making good Pinot Noir but our increased understanding with this tricky grape variety is delivering some serious developments in quality and flavour profile," he said.

"It’s great to have this reinforced by these results."

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