Lawson's Dry Hills The Pioneer Marlborough Gewürztraminer (2020)

Well worth cellaring, the 2020 vintage (5*) is an Alsace-style wine, estate-grown in the Home Block and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barriques. From vines nearly 40 years old, 'with trunks as thick as thighs', it is a pale lemon/green, powerful young wine, fleshy and soft, with ripe, peachy, citrusy, spicy flavours, showing notable delicacy, complexity and depth, gentle sweetness (21 grams/litre of residual sugar), and a slightly oily richness. Still youthful, but already delicious, it should break into full stride 2023+.


Type: White Wines
Variety: Gewürztraminer
Vintage: 2020
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★★ – 5 Stars
Price: $30 NZD
Sweetness: MED
Value for Money: AV

This wine is a Classic.

When to drink: 2023

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 30
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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