This event that was part of our Ballymaloe Wine Explorers Club was held on Thursday 18th July 2019.
The original Lawson's Dry Hills vineyard was planted on Blenheim’s Alabama Road in 1982 by Ross and Barbara Lawson. At this stage they sold the fruit to other producers, before launching their own label, Lawson’s Dry Hills, in 1992. Ross Lawson was a leading influence in the New Zealand Screwcap Wineseal Initiative in 2001, which saw screwcaps used on 90% of New Zealand bottled wine by 2008. Sadly Ross passed away after losing his battle with cancer in early 2009. Barbara had always been an enthusiastic ambassador for the company, travelling far and wide to promote the range of wines. Her favourite two markets were always Ireland, where she said she loved the legendary hospitality, and Rarotonga where she has a house and now spends much of her time. Barbara visited us at Ballymaloe House in 2011, Colm McCann, who was our head sommelier at the time, ensured Barbara's place on the Ballymaloe wine cellar wall of fame at the time... image attached.
Tim & Pauline Evill, the current vineyard owners and hosts for this special wine tasting dinner, are not from NZ originally but had always loved to spend as much time as possible in New Zealand, and in 1995 Tim and his wife Pauline bought the Public Trust building in Blenheim and created the Hotel d’Urville. Here Tim met Ross Lawson and together they began buying vineyards around Marlborough. After so many years in partnership with Ross and Barbara, it seemed only natural for Tim and Pauline to eventually buy the Lawson family shares when Barbara chose to retire.
On Thursday 18th July 2019 we were delighted to welcome Lawson's Dry Hills back to Ballymaloe House and owners Tim and Pauline Evill hosted a deliciously paired 4-course seasonal Ballymaloe set menu in the Long room for 42 guests. Tim informed guests about their vineyard and the wines chosen to accompany the meal and the evening started with a welcoming glass of their award winning Sauvignon Blanc.
Sorry you missed this evening on this occasion but we really hope and look forward to welcoming them back again to Ballymaloe House soon. To read more about Lawson's Dry Hills wines, and the people behind it, we recommend you read their informative vineyard blog HERE, You will find great tips on everything from food pairing and whether medalling with medals is an accurate way to rate wines... a subject they know a lot about because their wines have lots of medals!