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

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, 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 Pinot Noir 2008

  • 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
(limited supply - NZ only)

  • 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 Rosé 2009

Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2010: 4 stars

"Delicious from the start, the 2009 vintage is a vibrantly fruity, crisp, dry style (3 grams/litre of residual sugar), birght pink, with mouthfilling body (14% alcolohol) and fresh, strong berry and spice flavours, showing excellent delicacy and immediacy"

new look wine bottle -
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009
Lowburn Ferry Trade News December 2010

The summer is upon us here in Central Otago and the vines are loving it! After a virtually frost-free spring the vines are in full flower and conditions are perfect for fruit set - warm days with a bit of breeze.

This newsletter comes with the new look for Lowburn Ferry - as you can see our label design has changed with the launch of our Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009 - we were keen to keep the elements of the glacial terraces from our former label, as well as the ferryman logo and have married the two together better in this new look.

Now released is the Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009 - which has already accumulated no less than FIVE GOLD MEDALS, a 5 star review and a TROPHY to date!!

From the Vineyard & Winery:
The wine from our 2010 harvest is in barrel at Vinpro under the watchful eye of winemaker Pete Bartle and his team. Shoot thinning is completed in the vineyard and Roger and our new worker, Lynn, have a big job keeping up with tucking the shoot growth that is happening so quickly with the warm summer weather this year!

Our export markets continue to grow, and we are pleased to announce we now have a distributor based in Queensland - "Smashing Bottles" . Lowburn Ferry pinot noir is now available in Australia, China, Hong Kong, USA, UK, Singapore, Spain and NZ.

Recent Reviews of Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009:
“Rich, almost luscious Pinot Noir with seductively soft, ripe cherry and plum flavours that linger tantalisingly long after the wine has been swallowed (or in my case, spat). It has a truly silken texture. A real crowd pleaser. “ Bob Campbell MW - Bobswinereviews.com

"Powerful and punchy with blueberry, dark plum and spicy oak aromas leading to a dense, richly textured palate." - Judges' comments - Air NZ Wine Awards 2010 (awarded gold medal)
This deeply coloured Central Otago red is vibrantly fruity, with generous plum and slight herb flavours. It shows excellent depth, harmony, structure and length. **** $48 (A, UK, US) Winestate Nov-Dec 2010

"Deeply coloured and vibrantly fruity, with very generous plum and slight herb flavours, it shows excellent depth, harmony, structure and length." **** Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2011.

Trade Resources

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

wine reviews - click here

tasting notes in PDF format - click here

Burgundy Exchange
Jean returned last month from a four week "Odyssey in Burgundy" - a programme where four Central Otago representatives experience a vintage in the homeland of pinot noir. The exchange occurs every year between the CFPPA in Beaune, ( a viticulture and winemaking institute in Burgundy) and the Otago Polytechnic in conjunction with Central Otago winegrowers. Jean reports: The "vendange" was a little late this year; the region had experienced a cool and wet summer causing some disease concerns. After the week-long course at the CFPPA, when we visited numerous cellars for sampling, I worked at the Domaine Capitain Gagnerot in the Cote de Beaune - a producer of very fine Grand Crus and Premier Crus pinot noir and chardonnay wines. The domaine is a small family-owned estate, about 17ha. It was a fantastic experience and I was able to not only learn how the wines are made in France, but because winemaker Pierre-Francois had worked here at Vinpro in 2007, making our Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir, I was able to talk with him about how our wines are made here.

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."

Have a great festive season and a fantastic New Year!
Jean & Roger

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