Lowburn Ferry Trade News - May 2011
Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir : "wine making history"

photo courtesy Carl Thompson

Available now:

Lowburn Ferry Home Block
Pinot Noir 2009
  • Trophy: Champion Pinot Noir - NZ International Wine Show 2010
  • Top 100, Blue Gold medal, Runner up to Champion, Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2011
  • Gold medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2010
  • Gold medal - NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards 2010
  • Gold medal, NZ International Wine Show 2010
  • 5 stars: Bob Campbell - BobsWineReviews.com

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek
Pinot Noir 2009


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008
  • Top 100, Blue Gold medal, Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2010
  • Gold medal, Liquorland Int. Wine Show 2010

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007
(limited supply - NZ only)

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

Lowburn Ferry Trade News May 2011

The 2011 vintage is all in the barrel in the winery and finally we can catch our breath after a very full-on summer season!
The economic challenges of the past couple of years have been interesting for all of us in the wine industry, however we're pleased to say we're still riding the storm and there are some exciting new opportunities particularly offshore.
Most importantly Lowburn Ferry has consolidated its positioning as a premium brand - and the reviews and awards attributed to our wines in both New Zealand and Australia have helped to establish this.
Following its run of successes, in February Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009 was named Runner Up Champion Pinot Noir at the Sydney Top 100 International Wine Competition - where the judge's comments all described it as going particularly well with the foods.
...see judges's comments here...
One of NZ's foremost wine writers, Bob Campbell MW, recently had this to say in Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb 2011"Top Secrets":

“…so why isn't Lowburn Ferry a household name, at least among pinot lovers?
Because its vineyard has a miniscule area of three hectares. That's not to say it can't expand. It could easily replace some of the sheep that graze on the balance of the 35-hectare property with vines. Its recipe for success is location and good viticulture. …”
And about us (Jean and Roger) he says: “Between them there's not much they don't know about growing grapes. They could do the world a favour by growing more.”

Thanks Bob, but maybe not quite yet....

From the Vineyard & Winery:

Youngest daughter Lucy (7 years) helping Jean with this year's harvest

The 2011 vintage was "challenging" to say the least - it kicked off with one of the warmest springs ever, early flowering and good fruit set. But by the end of December the weather patterns changed - cooler weather and plentiful rain presented challenges in managing growth and disease. We didn't irrigate the vines at all post Christmas, as the heavens did it for us. With diligent work in the vineyard we managed to keep the canopy under control and fruit thinning helped to minimise the disease risk and bring the flavours and ripeness out in the grapes we retained. The harvest finally came in about 10-12 days earlier than usual, just as the weather finally started to settle into the normal pattern of warm autumn days. We harvested 17 tonnes - averaging just under 6 tonnes per hectare - our biggest vintage to date as the newer vines in our Abel block came on stream.
Our usual harvest team - friends, family, friends of friends, was this year assisted by some workers from the other side of the lake - Scottish, French, Italians and Germans from the Zebra vineyard at Bendigo.

The wine from our 2011 harvest is in barrel at Vinpro under the watchful eye of winemaker Pete Bartle and his team. The 2010 vintage is bottled and awaiting release later this year; but we'll keep the Reserve pinot noir back a bit longer.
Lynn has started pruning in the vineyard, in some most unusually mild weather. Roger is back teaching viticulture at the Otago Polytechnic, Jean is catching up on office work and helping with the pruning on fine days (!) - no trips to France this year unfortunately...

Market Report:
Lowburn Ferry will be going offshore again at the end of June with other Central Otago producers to show our wines to public and trade in Melbourne and Sydney in the "Winter Wonderland" road show.

And in a couple of weeks Lowburn Ferry is being featured with another 22 NZ wineries at the Grand Opening of the NZ Wine Display & Distribution Hub at Ningbo, near Shanghai - China. This is an exciting new development with Definitive Trading NZ, whom we have have been working with over the past 2 years, and we are one of the launch partners.

We have also been putting some resources into developing new export markets in Japan, Russia and Bulgaria.
Lowburn Ferry pinot noir is now available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and NZ.

Recent Reviews:

2009 Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir (A$45/NZ$46)
"Deep cherry-red colour, really bright, this has impressively fitted oak adding toasty cedary dark-spiced complexity across the top of ripe summer berry and cherry fruits. The palate delivers sturdy tannin structure and musky spice with handy shape and length." Nick Stock - "Pinot Nirvana - Subregion Highlights" - in Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb 2011.

... click to download full article

STAR WINE: 2009 Lowburn Ferry Single Vineyard Pinot Noir NZ$46
Bob Campbell MW "Top Secrets" - in Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb 2011.

... click to download full article


Lowburn Ferry 'Skeleton Creek' Central Otago Pinot Noir 2009 ****
This second tier wine is named after the site of a gold diggers' stopover on the Pisa Range. Made from clones 5, 6, 667 and 777 fermented to 14.0% alc., then aged 10 months in 30% new French oak barriques. Full, dark, deep ruby-red in colour with purple hues, this has a fresh, bright, up-front and fragrant bouquet of red berry and cherry aromas with herb nuances, and seems to yet have more to unfold. Sweet, ripe dark raspberry and cherry flavours with depth and concentration show on the palate. The plush fruit is balanced by fine-grained, supple tannins and moderate, soft acidity. Possessing good depth and weight, this will keep well over the next 4-6+ years and match Asian and Middle Eastern duck and pork dishes. 17.5+/20 Apr 2011 Raymond Chan www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz

Trade Resources

There are many resources are available on our web site at www.lowburnferry.co.nz including:

wine reviews - click here
full wine reviews in PDF format - click here
tasting notes in PDF format - click here

Vintage 2011

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."

Lynn - vineyard
Christine - accounts

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