Lowburn Ferry News - Winter 2010
Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir : "great wine is made in the vineyard"

photo courtesy Carl Thompson

Available now:
Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008
NZ$40.95 per bottle

  • Top 100, Blue Gold medal, Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2010
  • Gold medal, Liquorland Int. Wine Show 2010
  • WineNZ Magazine May tasting 2010: shortlisted in top 6
  • Wine Orbit 4.5 stars
  • Silver medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009
  • 4 stars Cuisine Nov 2009
  • 4 stars Winestate Nov-Dec 2009

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007
NZ$40.95 per bottle - (limited supply)

  • Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show 2008,
  • Silver medal International Wine Challenge - London (IWC) 2009
  • Silver Medal, Air NZ Wine Awards 2008
  • 93 points (5 stars) Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb/March 2009
  • 94 points, Penguin Guide 2010

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 3 vintages 6-pack special
$NZ$231 ($38.50 per bottle)

  • 2 bottles Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006
    (Gold medal, Air NZ Wine Awards 2008)
  • 2 bottles Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007
    (Gold medal, NZ International Wine Show 2008, 5 stars Bob Campbell BobsWineReviews.com)
  • 2 bottles Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008
    (Blue Gold, Top 100 Sydney Int. Wine Show, Gold Liquorland)

end of harvest - Lowburn Ferry April 2010

vineyard helper - Cairo

pinot noir grapes

end of harvest 2010
Lowburn Ferry News - June 2010

Hi there from Lowburn Ferry, where it's that time of year when everybody is thinking of warmer climes. Especially our vineyard worker Inger who has been out there in all weathers lately pruning the vines.

The weather has certainly been a mixed bag this winter so far, with rain alternating with cold foggy days, and then some really warm sunny ones. The mountains however have a good coating of snow and the ski season has already started here in Central Otago!

We tasted our 2009 pinot noir in at the winery last week and we are proud to say we believe it is already shaping up to be as good as, if not better than previous vintages ... we expect to release this wine in about August-September.

The Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008 continues to show well and has just been awarded a gold medal at the NZ Liquorland International Wine Show.
This follows the double gold and Top 100 Award at theSydney International Wine Competition - a show unique amongst international wine shows in that the wines are first judged on wine quality before being judged alongside food. This year's trophy went to another Central Otago winery: Gibbston Valley Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 - but remember, at retail price you could buy 2 1/2 bottles of Lowburn Ferry for every one of those!

From the Vineyard & Winery:
We harvested our Lowburn Ferry pinot noir grapes in late April, in really quite lovely conditions, warm clear days making it a most enjoyable experience to end the hard work of the season. Our volumes were once again slightly down on estimates - our yield was slightly less than 4.5 tonnes per hectare, but the grapes came in in perfect condition with great flavours. We took our first small harvest also from the new plantings of the Abel clone (planted in 2007), adding to the clonal mix in our main vineyard of clones 5, 115, 667 and 777.

Vinpro's former winemaker Carol Bunn has left to do her own thing which includes some consultancy; we thank her for the fantastic job she and the team have done with our past vintages, and wish her all the best for the future. Replacement Pete Bartle already has a good understanding of what we are about, and we look forward to working with him, Linda, Guy and the Vinpro team to continue refining our style over the next vintages, including a broader range of pinot noir wines. This year we have done a separate ferment from specially selected and managed rows in the vineyard to make our first every reserve pinot noir wine.

Recent Reviews of Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008:
Sommelier Sophie Otton loved it. "I found it had such delicate expression," she said. "Perfumed, then fine and silky, with a strawberry-fruited palate. Well managed oak and a fresh, sappy note on the finish." Gourmet Traveller Wine March 2010

"...evidence of why Central Otago has gained such an international reputation for this variety (pinot noir)...savoury meat and oak notes on the palate...flavours of plum and cherry. Texture and tannins are ripe, firm and dense with a hint of warmth on the finish." WineNZ Magazine Winter 2010 - Pinot Noir Over $30 Short List

"The nose is sweet-scented and fragrant displaying dark cherry, spicy oak and a touch of chocolate characters. It's succulent and sumptuous on the palate with smooth texture, a nicely flowing mouthfeel and a lingering juicy finish. It's full of charm and tasty flavours. At its best: now to 2013. " 89 points, 4.5 Stars - Sam Kim, senior wine judge, Wine Orbit

"Peppery, leather and raspberry nose. Silky fruit. Lovely, harmonious mouth feel. Good natural ripe acidity in perfect balance with the fruit. A long, delicate finish. The sweetness matches perfectly. The fine acidity and tannin cut through the richness of the dish." Jane Boyce - judge, Sydney International Wine Competition 2010

Fragrant. Lots of fruit with a touch of vanilla. Good texture with a warm, silky palate and some sweet oak notes. Good firm tannins and good length. Quite elegant and savoury with the food. Kym Milne - judge Sydney International Wine Competition 2010

for more reviews, see our web site

Marketing & Export
Expect to see our new label when we release the Lowburn Ferry 2009 Home Block Pinot Noir later this year - we've been working on some changes to our packaging to be consistent with the premium quality of the wine - we've asked some of our markets for feedback and you can glimpse the new look here.

We have spent a lot of time over the past year consolidating export relationships, and we are now working with trade partners in the following markets: USA, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Canada, Spain, UK, and within New Zealand. Our web site has more information on our distribution click here for more info

from Jean & Roger

About Lowburn Ferry Wines:
Here at Lowburn Ferry we are a family owned vineyard dedicated to the production of high quality Pinot Noir wine. The vineyard was established in 2000, nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley beneath the Pisa Range in Central Otago. "The vineyard is unusual for Central Otago," says co-owner Roger (a soil scientist in his past life and now also teaches viticulture at the Otago Polytechnic), "in that long term management of the property over more than 100 years has allowed organic matter to build up in the soils, complementing the natural supply of nutrients derived from schist parent material. The resulting healthy soils have excellent biological activity which enhances the terroir of the site."

for more information about Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir wines, go to www.lowburnferry.co.nz/ourwine.html

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, 5 Swann Road, RD2, Cromwell 9384, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (3) 445 0846, Fax +64 (3) 445 0840, Email: finewine@lowburnferry.co.nz