LOWBURN FERRY NEWS NOVEMBER 2007
Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir 2006
6-pack special introductory price - NZ$203.70 (NZ$33.95 per bottle) - 6 bottles or more
or $36.95 per bottle (less than 6 bottles)
Silver medal, NZ International Wine Show,
Silver medal Bragato Wine Awards 2007
"Excellent wine, previously championed by Jancis. A really complete wine with excellent flavours, depth and structure, pretty seamless. (RJ)" Roger Jones (from Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages)
"Aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and espresso. Supple, sappy and dense, with strong, sweet dark fruit flavors slightly dried by the strong oak component. Finishes with firm, oak-driven tannins. 87 points (Very Good - Excellent)Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07
"...richly coloured, full, elegant and supple wine with ripe cherry/plum flavours showing excellent poise and persistence.
**** Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines 2008
Hello from Lowburn Ferry where the buds are shooting on the vineyard and we're all hoping that summer is just around the corner.
It has been a busy year here and we have just completed planting a new block of pinot noir on a lower terrace on our Lowburn property. The new planting is all of the Abel clone which will complement the other Dijon clones growing in our established vineyard.
This year has also seen us investing in new frost-fighting equipment so we now cover the bases with wind machine, sprinklers and frost pots - a nationwide trend following the unpredictable seasons experienced over the past few years.
Like others in Central Otago and the rest of New Zealand harvest volumes were down in 2007 due to cool weather at flowering, however the rest of the summer came right and fruit ripened well on the vines resulting in concentrated wines. Down the track this will mean the 2007 vintage will be a difficult one to get your hands for much of NZ .
The 2006 "home block" pinot noir is now released and we're offering it to our newsletter subscribers at a special price for a six-pack - see below. It's already won two silver medals and received favourable reviews from notable overseas wine writers, following road shows in both the UK and USA earlier this year. The 2006 vintage was a dream vintage in the vineyard - few frosts and good heat throughout the summer and an early harvest of ripe clean fruit. The 2006 vintage is perhaps a slightly more tannic vintage across the board and wines are taking longer to soften and come into balance but with the advantage they will age well and develop complexity over time. Our Lowburn Ferry is no exception which is why we have held it until now for release - it is drinking well now but we see it continuing to benefit from some time in your cellar for another 6 months or so with a long term ageing potential of several years. Whilst we are happy to say we do have wine allocated for sale in NZ this year strong overseas export growth means supplies are not huge so best to buy now to avoid disappointment later.
Roger spent a month in Burgundy last year learning about how the vintage is done in the home of pinot noir; he was hosted at the highly respected Domaine of Capitain-Gagnerot at Ladoix-Serrigny just to the north of Beaune. This Domaine has been producing wine for over 200 hundred years and has remained in the family the whole time with wine making responsibilities passed down from father to son with each new generation. They make great Red and White burgundies which include some well known top Grand cru (e.g Corton, Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux, Corton-Charlemagne) and 1er cru (Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton, Savigny). The Capitain family returned the visit earlier this year. Pierre-Francois who is next in line to take over wine making responsibilities stayed on to learn first hand about viticulture and wine making in Central Otago, even helping make our Lowburn Ferry 2007 Pinot Noir. We look forward to meeting with them again soon.
NZ wine writer Michael Cooper also visited just after harvest to discuss aspects of the terroir and soils of Central Otago with our resident soil scientist (Roger) in preparation for his updated Wine Atlas of NZ. They spent four hours talking about soil, viticulture and Central Otago - beware if visiting this could happen to you if you ask the wrong question hoping for a simple brief reply. I understand release of that authoritative book has been held over to next year.
Lastly, we've recently been featured in two magazines: NZ Lifestyle Farmer (November 2007), and New Zealand Grape Grower (Oct/Nov 2007).
from Jean & Roger
Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006 can be ordered online on its own or with other wines from Central Otago through the Central Otago Wine Cellar www.lowburnferry.co.nz
Orders can be made by phone 0800 682469 (within New Zealand), or international +64-3-4450846 , or fax +64-3-4450840, or email email@example.com or use the form below
Trade enquiries are welcome
Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir is currently being exported in limited amounts to the UK, USA, Canada and Sweden, and will shortly also be available in Australia.
for more information go to http://www.lowburnferry.co.nz
Group tastings may be arranged by appointment
is made in the vineyard"
Autumn colours at Lowburn Ferry - credit: J. Laytham
Frost fighting early spring
iced vine - sprinklers protect early buds during frost
Roger discusses soils and terroir with visiting wine writer Michael Cooper who was researching his latest book
This is only the third release from our "home block" vineyard - the first of which, Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003 won Champion Wine of the Show at the New Zealand Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards in 2005.
The second release, Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2005, won gold at the AWC International Wine Show in Vienna, 2006.
Jamie Goode's online wine blog -September 16, 2007:
"Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006 Central Otago
Medium colour, which is a good thing with Pinot. You don't want your Pinot to look like Shiraz. Warm cherry and spice nose which is quite aromatic and fresh. The palate has a nice concentration of spicy berry and cherry fruit with good acidity keeping things very fresh, and giving a hint of plummy sourness to the finish. A bright, supple style with a fair bit of complexity and some structure, which makes me think it might age well over the next few years. 90/100 (Hellion Wines)"