Lowburn Ferry - fine Pinot Noir wine from Central Otago

- August 30 2005

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard in Central Otago scooped three of the top trophies, including CHAMPION WINE OF SHOW at the Bragato Wine Awards held in Gisborne, New Zealand, on Saturday night. The winning wine was Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003, made from the first vintage harvested on the 3ha vineyard in the Lowburn Valley, 5km north of Cromwell in Central Otago.

The Bragato Wine Awards 2005 were held in conjunction with the annual grape and wine industry Romeo Bragato Conference in Gisborne. These awards are unique in New Zealand in that they recognise the grapegrowers, the vineyard and excellence in viticultural practice. Viticulturalist Roger Gibson also picked up the coveted Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir Table Wine, and the trophy for Champion Red Table Wine.

"Mike Wolter had identified Lowburn as one of the sub-regions where he could see some great pinot noir was going to be grown, and it's good to be bringing the Mike Wolter Trophy to Lowburn for the first time," Roger said. Mike Wolter was a pioneering winemaker in the region.

"It's a thrill to have achieved such a milestone with our first vintage, but it is also great to receive confirmation that the soils and climate of Lowburn Ferry Vineyard are so well suited to growing premium pinot noir."

Lowburn Ferry is the area surrounding an historic ferry crossing over the mighty Clutha River in Central Otago. The formation of Lake Dunstan about 10 years ago destroyed the last evidence of the ferry crossing, but the punt and distinctive "Sugarloaf" terraces are embraced in the winery's branding. The vineyard was established in 2000, nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley beneath the Pisa Range. It is managed by Roger and Jean Gibson.

The Bragato awards success for Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003 follows a run of serious reviews from notable wine writers including a rating of 18 out of 20 by UK wine critic Jancis Robinson, and five star honours in Cuisine magazine.

The trophies return to Central Otago after having been won last year by Robin Dicey, viticulturalist for Mt Difficulty in a similar triple scoop. 640 wines were entered in this year's competition - and three Central Otago wines won gold medals.

Roger said Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir would be extremely limited for at least the next two to three years. Anyone wishing to pre-order the 2004 wine or join a mailing list to be notified of new releases can log on to lowburnferry.co.nz or email wine@lowburnferry.co.nz

Unfortunately, due to unprecedented demand, our 2003 Pinot Noir wine is already sold out in New Zealand.
The next Lowburn Ferry wine to be released made from grapes from our vineyard in the Lowburn Valley will be the 2005 vintage (est. release October 2006). In 2004 we sourced grapes for a Lowburn Ferry "Skeleton Creek" Pinot Noir from the Bannockburn area while vines on our home block completed establishment.
The Lowburn Ferry 2004 "Skeleton Creek" Pinot Noir should be available approx. 1 October 2005. If you wish to pre-order this please use the link below to go to our web site.

Pre-orders can be made by phone 0800 682469 (within New Zealand), or international +64-3-4450846 , or fax +64-3-4450840, or email wine@lowburnferry.co.nz or use the form below

Trade enquiries are welcome

for more information go to http://www.lowburnferry.co.nz

"great wine
is made in the vineyard"

JANCIS ROBINSON - tasting of 120+ New Zealand pinot noirs, published in her Purple Pages, March 2005
Lowburn Ferry 2003 Central Otago: 18 (out of 20) Drink 2006-09
Dark crimson. Quite intense and deeply fruity. Savoury and deep. def not sweet. Really quite serious! Yet round with well managed tannins. Dry finish. Rather admirable and long term for Otago. Spice there too. Very long.
£15.95 Hellion Wines

“Powerful, generous, single-vineyard wine from Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. Richly coloured and perfumed, with the delights of ripe, sweet fruit, French oak complexity and a strong surge of cherry, plum and spice flavours, finishing long and smooth. With the wine's excellent weight, density and structure, it should age well.” Five Star Honours, New Zealand Red. Cuisine March 2005

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, Jean & Roger Gibson, Strathburn Farm, 5 Swann Road, RD2, Cromwell
Phone: +64 (3) 445 0846, Fax +64 (3) 445 0840, Email: