Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough RANU 2020 $28

This is only the second RANU produced by Marcus Wright and his winemaking team at Lawson’s, and I for one am very happy to see it. Very happy because I am an unashamed fan of the blended white, and this one happens to be a full, rich, rock n roll co-fermentation of pinot gris, riesling and gewürztraminer. Co-fermentation is a tricky thing to get right because rather than taking the safe option and picking the individual parcels of fruit when they’re at perfect ripeness, fermenting them and then blending them with other varieties down the track to create something delicious, the Lawson’s team have opted to risk waiting until all three types of grapes achieved ripeness at the same time (which doesn’t happen often), harvested them all together and then fermented them all together in one whole batch. The result is a generously proportioned, citrus-centric white wine style that’s amped with apple and spice, mineral-laced layers and boasts an enduring, dry, almon-edged finish. Love it!