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Press release: Central Otago Pinot Noir takes top spot at 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards - from New Zealand Winegrowers

13 November 2016

Photo caption: Winemaker Pete Bartle and Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Jean Gibson, accept Air New Zealand Champion Wine of Show trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards held in Auckland on Saturday night. Lowburn Ferry also won the JF Hillebrand trophy for Champion Pinot Noir of the Show.

A Central Otago Pinot Noir won the top prize at the 30th Air New Zealand Wine Awards at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre last night.

The Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 won the prestigious Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show Trophy, as well as the JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir.

Chair of Judges and Master of Wine Michael Brajkovich said the Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014 was one of the more complex Pinot Noir wines in this year’s competition.

“This wine has lovely ripe wild cherry aromas with earthy herbal and truffle-like undertones,” said Mr Brajkovich. “The palate is full-bodied with a seductively silky texture and is showing the benefit of bottle maturation.”

“Pinot Noir was undoubtedly the strongest class of wine this year, showing very high quality across a range of styles. All of the Gold Medal winning wines are outstanding, but this older example had that ‘something special’ to attract the judges’ attention in the trophy tasting.”

“When we are deciding between the Elite Gold Medal winners in contention for a trophy, the argument is no longer about quality because we already know that the wines are all outstanding. The trophies are determined by the stylistic preferences of the senior judges who vote accordingly,” Mr Brajkovich said.

The second highest accolade of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, went to the Brancott Estate Letter Series "O" Chardonnay Marlborough 2015. This exceptional Chardonnay also won the Rabobank New Zealand Champion Chardonnay Trophy.

Air New Zealand Chief Operating Officer Bruce Parton says the airline is proud to have sponsored the Wine Awards for 30 years. “We have worked hard over the past three decades to champion the success of New Zealand’s wine industry right around the globe.”

“It’s been great to see entries from wineries across the country this year and we’d like to congratulate all the medal and trophy winners.”

As well as the 18 trophies awarded, 39 Elite Gold Medals were announced at the dinner, which was emceed by Samantha Hayes and Jessie Mulligan. This year's competition saw over 1,400 wines entered.

NOTES TO EDITOR

The Air New Zealand Wine Awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the country’s most prestigious wine competition. New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,600 grape growers and winemakers, has owned and organised the competition for over 40 years.

AIR NEW ZEALAND WINE AWARDS 2016 " TROPHY WINNERS

Air New Zealand Champion Wine of the Show
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014

O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show
Brancott Estate Letter Series "O" Chardonnay Marlborough 2015

JF Hillebrand New Zealand Champion Pinot Noir
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014

Rabobank New Zealand Champion Chardonnay
Brancott Estate Letter Series "O" Chardonnay Marlborough 2015

Label and Litho Champion Sauvignon Blanc
Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

QuayConnect Champion Other White Styles
Nautilus Albariño Marlborough 2016

Fruitfed Supplies Champion Syrah
Mission Reserve Syrah Hawke's Bay 2015

Guala Closures New Zealand Ltd Champion Pinot Gris
Wairau River Pinot Gris Marlborough 2016

Plumm Glassware Champion Gewürztraminer
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2015

Coast FM Champion Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014

Plant & Food Research Champion Riesling
Giesen Riesling New Zealand 2015

WineWorks Limited Champion Sparkling Wine
Deutz Cuvee Blanc De Blancs Methode Traditionnelle Marlborough 2013

Wine-Searcher Champion Sweet White Wine
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

Liquorland Champion Rosé
Whitehaven Pinot Rosé Marlborough 2016

New World Champion Open White Wine
Giesen Riesling New Zealand 2015

Dish Magazine Champion Open Red Wine
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015

Rangitikei Chicken Champion Exhibition White or Sparkling Wine
Maude Mt Maude Vineyard Dry Riesling Central Otago 2016

New Zealand Winegrowers Champion Exhibition Red Wine
Mission Reserve Cabernet Franc Hawke's Bay 2014

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016 " Elite Gold Medal Winners

Sparkling
Deutz Cuvee Blanc De Blancs Methode Traditionnelle Marlborough 2013

Gewürztraminer
Lawson's Dry Hills Gewürztraminer Marlborough 2015

Pinot Gris
Stoneleigh Pinot Gris Marlborough 2016
Tinpot Hut Pinot Gris Marlborough 2016
Wairau River Pinot Gris Marlborough 2016
Wairau River Pinot Gris Marlborough 2015

Riesling
Giesen Riesling New Zealand 2015
Maude Mt Maude Vineyard Dry Riesling Central Otago 2016
Vidal Estate Dry Riesling Marlborough 2015

Sauvignon Blanc
Babydoll Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016
Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016
Giesen The August Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014
Grove Mill Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2015
Leefield Station Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Foundation Block Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016

Chardonnay
Archangel Chardonnay Central Otago 2015
Brancott Estate Letter Series "O" Chardonnay Marlborough 2015
Clearview Estate Coastal Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2015
Coopers Creek SV 'Limeworks' Chardonnay Hawke’s Bay 2015
Giesen The Fuder Clayvin Chardonnay Marlborough 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Barrique Fermented Chardonnay Gisborne 2015
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Keltern Chardonnay Hawke's Bay 2014

Sweet White Wine
Giesen The Brothers Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2014

Rosé
Whitehaven Pinot Rosé Marlborough 2016

Pinot Noir
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir Central Otago 2014
Marisco The Craft Series The Journey Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013
Scott Base Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015
Thornbury Pinot Noir Central Otago 2015
Tohu Awatere Valley Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Pinot Noir Marlborough 2014
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015

Merlot, Cabernet and Blends
Crossroads Winemakers Collection Cabernet Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2013
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 17 Plateau Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2015
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Hawke’s Bay 2014

Syrah
Mission Reserve Syrah Hawke's Bay 2015
Te Awa Single Estate Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2014
Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah Hawke's Bay 2013

Other Varieties – Single
Mission Reserve Cabernet Franc Hawke's Bay 2014
Nautilus Albariño Marlborough 2016

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The Air New Zealand Wine Awards celebrate excellence in New Zealand winemaking and are widely considered to be the countrys most prestigious wine competition. New Zealand Winegrowers, the national organisation for the country's 1,600 grape growers and winemakers, has owned and organised the competition for over 40 years. For more information visit www.airnzwineawards.co.nz

Sarah Szegota
Communications Manager
New Zealand Winegrowers
021 453 668
sarah@nzwine.com

Michael Brajkovich MW
Air New Zealand Wine Awards Chair of Judges
027 487 8141
michael@kumeuriver.co.nz

Air New Zealand Public Affairs 021 747 320

Lowburn Ferry Wines Ph +64 3 4450846

 

...download high resolution photo here: Photo 1: Caption: Air New Zealand Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton (left) with Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Jean Gibson, and winemaker Pete Bartle after presentation of the Air New Zealand Champion Wine of Show trophy at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards held in Auckland on Saturday night. Lowburn Ferry also won the JF Hillebrand trophy for Champion Pinot Noir of the Show for its Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014.

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Press release: Lowburn Ferry Wines Nails Decanter tasting in UK - "Outstanding"
New Zealand "Best Pinot-producing country outside of France" : Decanter

26 August 2016

Photo caption: Lowburn Ferry Wines owners Jean and Roger Gibson, from Central Otago NZ toast the success of their Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014 in recent international tastings Photo credit: Martin Frolich
Central Otago winegrowers Roger and Jean Gibson are elated that a wine from their Lowburn Ferry vineyard has ranked Number One in high profile Decanter magazine in the UK. The in-depth tasting of more than 170 pinot noirs from across New Zealand in Decanter's September 2016 issue was carried out by a panel of three prominent UK industry wine judges. Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014 scored 96 points out of a possible 100, giving it Outstanding status in the tasting.

In the covering feature article reviewing the tasting, New Zealand is described as being the best Pinot-producing country outside of France.

Lowburn Ferry's Home Block Pinot Noir 2014 shone for one of the panel - Phillip Tuck, MW. A mightily impressive and complex Pinot in an admirably understated, fresh and cool-climate styleGenerous without being rich, and stylish without being showy, he said. Truly beautiful was how he summed up his tasting notes.

This wine is really building on the quality it has shown from the start, said wine judge Christine Parkinson.

The award for Lowburn Ferry follows last year's accolade for the previous vintage (Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2013) which won Number One New Zealand wine in NZ wine and food magazine Cuisine .

It's fantastic for us to have this exposure for Lowburn Ferry and for Central Otago in one of our growing key markets, the UK says Roger Gibson. Brand recognition is so important and this really helps us consolidate on our previous successes. For a little vineyard I feel we our punching above our weight we've only planted 3.5 ha of our 40 ha in the Lowburn Valley it makes sense to think about planting more now to increase the production to meet growing demands.

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014, which is the winery's current vintage (while stocks last), also won the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the Sydney International Wine Competition, earlier this year. Lowburn Ferry exports about 70 percent of its wines, with key markets being Australia, the UK, China and North America.

Central Otago now has nearly 1500 hectares planted in the red wine grape variety pinot noir. New Zealand wine exports last year were worth almost $1.6 billion (NZ dollars), up 10% on the previous year, according to the New Zealand Winegrowers' Annual Report released this week.

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Press release: CENTRAL OTAGO WINERY SCOOPS SYDNEY SHOW TROPHY

3 February 2016

Photo caption: (1) Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Roger Gibson shows the certificate and a photo of the trophy won at the Sydney International Wine Competition for Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014. The photo was delivered by post the trophy stays in Australia Lowburn Ferry hopes it will boost wine sales across Australia.

Lowburn Ferry Wines from Central Otago has won top honours at the highly acclaimed Sydney International Wine Competition notching another success for its Home Block pinot noir wines.

Whilst the enormous cup wont be coming home to sit in the trophy cabinet after the awards function this weekend, Lowburn Ferry owners Jean and Roger Gibson hope it will help them build sales and find new distribution channels across Australia. The company is teamed in the NSW market with Young and Rashleigh (recently rated the No.1 distributor in NSW/ACT in the on-Premise market by the independent group Wine Business Solutions) and has other smaller Australian partnerships, but sees this award as a stepping board to open new doors whilst enhancing the brands position in Australia and other export markets.

The J F Hillebrand (New Zealand) Ltd Perpetual Trophy for Best Pinot Noir of Competition was awarded to Lowburn Ferrys 2014 Home Block Pinot Noir and will be available to taste at the competitions public function at the Menzies Hotel in Sydney on Saturday. The Sydney International Wine Competition is notable as wines go through a three-phase blind judging system where the finalists, in food-friendly style categories, are judged beside food dishes of similar palate for a Blue Gold award with the top 5% of the 2000 entries also receiving Top 100 awards.

Lowburn Ferry has been a Blue-Gold winner with its Home Block wines each year since the 2008 vintage and in the Top 100 (top 5%) for 5 out of those 6 vintages. Lowburn Ferry The Ferryman Reserve Pinot Noir 2013 also won a Blue-Gold Top 100 award at this years show.

Chairman of judges, Kym Milne MW said the competition involved 13 international judges from a broad range of disciplines - consisting of seven Australian judges, four New Zealanders, one American and one Swede. Amongst this group were three Masters of Wine (MW), one Master Sommelier (MS), six winemakers, a wine journalist and a wine researcher/lecturer. Lowburn Ferry was in the spotlight last year when it was placed first in the Cuisine Magazine NZ Pinot Noir Tasting for its 2013 Home Block Pinot Noir, while Lowburn Ferry pinot noirs were also served in first class cabins on British Airways for several months last year.

Lowburn Ferry vineyard was established in 2000, nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley near Cromwell in Central Otago. Most of the production from Lowburn Ferry is exported, with key markets being Australia, Canada, the UK and Asia. Wines are sold direct from the winery in New Zealand, selected fine wine stores and fine dining restaurants. (ends)

 


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PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 2014

18 November 2014: SMALL WINERY SOARS SKY HIGH


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be served in British Airways first class cabins on Asia routes from early next year.
Boutique Central Otago producer Lowburn Ferry Wines has capped a string of elite awards for its wines in the past fortnight with the announcement that its pinot noirs will be served in British Airways first class cabins from early next year.

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be on board on British Airways flights on the Asia-Pacific sector from March and vineyard owners Jean and Roger Gibson say the association with this premier airline represents a significant endorsement for Lowburn Ferry. They hope the first class patrons, being more or less a "captive audience" will learn more about Central Otago wines during their voyage, improving the profile of the wines in developing markets, particularly Asia.

Lowburn Ferry has also been in the spotlight over the past fortnight having secured a Top 10 placing in the Cuisine magazine Christmas 2014 issue's pinot noir tasting (Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012), whilst the Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2013 won a Pure Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014, AND Blue-Gold, Top 100 at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2015. Finally, Lowburn Ferry is once again a TOP 5 Finalist in the NZ/Australia Winestate Wiine of the Year Awards, to be held in Queenstown later this week!

Lowburn Ferry is a family-owned vineyard in Central Otago at four hectares it is one of the smaller wineries but arguably one of the most highly awarded by area or number of vines - a pretty good feat in a region internationally acclaimed for its premium quality wines.

The vineyard was established in 2000, nestled on a sheltered north facing terrace in the Lowburn Valley beneath the Pisa Range. Owners Roger and Jean Gibson have academic backgrounds in soil science and horticulture, and are totally focused on producing the best pinot noir wine from their special site in the Lowburn Valley. Most of the production from their 3.5ha site is exported to Australia, the UK and China, with new focus on other Asian markets to include Hong Kong, Japan and India. The award winning pinot noirs are also sold direct from the winery, fine wine stores and selected fine dining restaurants throughout New Zealand. (ends)
Photo caption: Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 will be served in British Airways first class cabins on Asia routes from early next year.

 
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PRESS RELEASE: NOVEMBER 2013

25 November 2013: CENTRAL OTAGO WINERIES WIN CHAMPION IN WINESTATE WINE OF THE YEAR AUSTRALIA/NZ AWARDS


Lowburn Ferry Wines owner Roger Gibson (left), and Hawkshead Wines owner Denis Marshall (right), are congratulated on their awards by Winestate chief judge Michael Cooper (centre) at the Winestate Wine of the Year Awards in Auckland

Two Central Otago wineries have taken Champion in Class trophies beating entries from across New Zealand and Australia in the Wine of the Year Awards from leading Australian publication, Winestate.
Hawkshead Pinot Gris 2012 won Champion Pinot Gris and Lowburn Ferry Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2011 won Champion Pinot Noir.
Winestate Magazines tasting panel sampled over 11,000 wines in total and more than 1500 in each category in blind tastings during 2013, before selecting the best 5 finalists from a re-taste of all the wines that had received 4.5 or 5 stars during the year.
Denis Marshall (Hawkshead Wines) and Roger Gibson (Lowburn Ferry) were presented the awards at a glamorous cocktail function in Auckland on Friday. Chief judge New Zealand wine critic Michael Cooper was present at the ceremony to congratulate the winners.
Roger Gibson said Its a fantastic statement for Central Otago to make our mark by taking top wine in both the Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris Categories. Winestate is particularly influential across Australia and Asia which are key export markets.
Denis Marshall said "While we have an established reputation in Central Otago for Pinot Noir, it is good to see another variety coming through to achieve top recognition. Our Pinot Gris grapes were planted on a free draining river silt site in Gibbston, where they clearly excel. But they do require just as much intensive viticultural management in the vineyard as our Pinot Noir to achieve the results we have obtained. The resulting wine is truly a reflection of an excellent site."
For Lowburn Ferry this was the second time it had taken the top Winestate award (and this was a first in the awards history); two years ago Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010 also won the Pinot Noir category. Lowburn Ferry owners Roger and Jean Gibson were ecstatic with the award which topped a week of international accolades for their wines - including Blue-Gold/Top 100 Award at the Sydney International Wine Competition 2014 for the Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2011, and an Elite Pure Gold Medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013 for their Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012.

 
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PRESS RELEASE: AUGUST 2012

August 2012: Grand Jury Europen Ranks Lowburn Ferry Amongst Top Pinot Noirs in the World

The inaugural reserve pinot noir from boutique Central Otago producer Lowburn Ferry has received an outstanding ovation from a panel of international tasters known as the Grand Jury Europen (GJE).
14 GJE tasters recently held a special session in Paris about the styles of various pinots noirs coming from various countries in the world : France, Italy, Switzerland, New Zealand, USA, Argentina, and Germany. Invited producers were asked to provide a wine representing a vintage between 2000 and 2010.
The lineup of 33 international pinot noir wines included Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve Pinot Noir from Central Otago, as well as three other iconic New Zealand brands from Central Otago, Martinborough and Marlborough.
The blind tasting did not include some top names from France, as the "grand crus" and "premier crus" from Burgundy were considered to be the benchmark for the fickle pinot noir variety and the top ranking wines from the GJE June tasting would go forward to be blind tasted against those at a later date.
"Nevertheless : we were more than pleased with some high level wines from outside France, and your wine is clearly inside the first half of our selection. No doubt that pinot noir has a future in your country," GJE founder and president Franois Mauss wrote in his summary sent to Lowburn Ferry Wines.
"Pinot noir is a "graal" (holy grail) and we have respect for those who want to achieve, like you, a great result with this vine."
"I must say that on our 14 tasters, 6 tasters put your wine inside the 5 best : bravo ! Obviously, your country, like Oregon and Germany, is able to produce great pinot noir with finesse, complexity, a real fruit and avoiding all excess as noticed too many times. pinot noir does not accept mediocrity : this is the reason it is so difficult to manage it !" Mr Mauss said
The Grand Jury Europen regularly assembles a minimum of 12 permanent members from at least 6 countries of the European Uniton and Switzerland for blind tastings held under strict protocol. The concept was originally developed to provide an alternative ranking to Robert Parker's rankings.
Mr Mauss is also the founder of the annual World Wine Symposium held in Italy, formed to create a global reference forum for the world of fine wine. The GJE tasting blog can be viewed at: http://gje.mabulle.com/index.php/2012/07/02/205351-la-session-du-gje-sur-le-pinot-noir-4

 
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PRESS RELEASE: 11 NOVEMBER 2011

AUSTRALIA/NZ CHAMPION PINOT NOIR OF THE YEAR AWARD TO LOWBURN FERRY


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Lowburn Ferry Wines co-owner Jean Gibson, with China market representative Grahame Shepherd, from the Definitive Group, with the trophy and award winning wine some of which is destined to be sold in China and Hong Kong.

Lowburn Ferry Wines in Central Otago has added another major international award to its tally this week, bringing home the trophy for Champion Pinot Noir 2011 for Australia and New Zealand - from leading Australian publication, Winestate.

Coming from one of the smallest but brightest stars in the Central Otago wine industry, Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010 was the top wine of more than 1500 pinot noirs from throughout Australasia tasted by the Winestate magazine panels over the past year.

Trophies were presented to category winners in Auckland and Adelaide this week

Owners Jean and Roger Gibson are ecstatic with the accolade, especially as Winestate is particularly influential across Australia and Asia which are key export markets for Lowburn Ferry wines.

 



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Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010

Being released in the New Zealand market this week to cap off an award-winning week for Lowburn Ferry, Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010 was also awarded a Blue-Gold Medal at the Sydney International Wine Show where gold medal winning wines are judged again as to how well they compliment foods to receive a blue-gold award. It recently also won a Gold Medal at the NZ International Wine Show (where the previous vintage was Champion Pinot Noir in 2010).

We've always felt our block in the Lowburn Valley is a little special. Deep loess silt soils unusually high in organic matter give us the essential ingredients to start working from to produce great grapes, says co-owner and viticulturalist Roger Gibson. The couple also attributed the success to a good working relationship with the winemaking team at Vinpro under the direction of Pete Bartle.

Lowburn Ferry is the area surrounding an historic ferry crossing over the mighty Clutha River in Central Otago. The former 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. Owners Roger and Jean Gibson have academic backgrounds in soil science and horticulture, and are totally focused on producing the best pinot noir wine from their special site in the Lowburn Valley. Most of the production from their 3.5ha site is exported throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. The award winning pinot noirs are also sold direct from the winery, fine wine stores and selected fine dining restaurants throughout New Zealand..

 
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PRESS RELEASE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2010

CHAMPION PINOT NOIR TROPHY FOR LOWBURN FERRY AT NEW ZEALANDS LARGEST WINE SHOW - THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL WINE SHOW



LOWBURN FERRY "HOME BLOCK" PINOT NOIR 2009, from Central Otago, was named Champion Pinot Noir at New Zealand's largest wine competition on Saturday. Taking the top award at the NZ International Wine Show in Auckland from a field of over 250 Pinot Noir, of which 28 won gold medals, was "stunning" according to owners Roger and Jean Gibson. The wine has also won a gold medal at the recent Bragato wine awards and 5 stars from leading New Zealand wine critic Bob Campbell, MW.

"It's fantastic to have another very significant trophy under our belt," said Roger. "Our first vintage was 2003 and this wine took Champion of Show at the Bragato wine awards in 2005. Since then all our wines have won golds at significant wine competitions but it is a great feeling to top the field again".

It was also timely as the wine is about to be released on the market. Lowburn Ferry produces only Pinot Noir and over 70 percent is exported.

"We've always felt our block in the Lowburn valley is a little special. Deep loess silt soils unusually high in organic matter give us the essential ingredients to start working from to produce great grapes."

Viticultural manager Roger Gibson previously worked as a landscape ecologist for Landcare Research and has a background in science. "We take a holistic but very much no nonsense approach to managing the vines. We keep our feet on the ground, our hands on the vines and our brains turned on," he says. The family work closely with the team at Vinpro winery in Cromwell who are an essential part of the success factor.

Roger tutors viticulture part time at the Otago Polytechnic,s Cromwell campus. "I get a buzz out of challenging the students to think about their management and to understand how it impacts on vine physiology and soils in a logical manner," he says.

Lowburn Ferry is the area surrounding an historic ferry crossing over the mighty Clutha River in Central Otago. The former 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. Owners Roger and Jean Gibson have an academic background in soil science and horticulture, and are totally focused on producing the best pinot noir wine from their special site in the Lowburn Valley.

 
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Press Release 25th November 2009

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir Double Gold in Sydney Show

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008 from Central Otago, has won a coveted Top 100 Award in addition to a Blue-Gold at one of the world's most exceptional wine shows. The Sydney International Wine Competition is unique among international wine shows in that the wines are first judged on wine quality before being judged alongside food. Only wines that score high enough to be awarded a Gold Medal in each judging qualify for the unique Blue-Gold (or double Gold) Medal. The 100 wines which score the highest number of aggregate points in both judgings are then given The Top 100 Wine Award. Trophy winners from the Sydney International Wine Competition 2010 will be announced in February. The boutique Sydney International Wine Competition's main aim, through its website top100wines.com and e-Newsletters is to offer consumers an objective selection of superior wines of varying palate weights, enjoyable immediately, to complement appropriate food. To do this, its international panel of judges select the top twenty percent of a capped 2,000 international entries and arrange them according to palate weight. This permits the Judges to further assess these finalists in a second phase judging, against wines of similar palate weight but more importantly alongside a dish with flavours that these wines are likely to complement. This final test, with appropriate food complexing the judges' palates, is probably unique, amongst the major international wine shows of the world.

Lowburn Ferry co-owner Jean Gibson said the timing of winning Blue Gold in the Sydney competition was perfect as the brand was just beginning to gain profile across the Tasman with distribution in NSW and SA, and plans to expand markets in Victoria and Queensland. The success also coincides with the release of this wine in the NZ market.

Previous vintages of Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir have also received international acclaim, gold medals and five star reviews; and the very first vintage (2003) won Champion Wine of the Show at the NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards in 2005. Lowburn Ferry is a family owned vineyard dedicated to the production of high quality Pinot Noir wine. It 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 Viticulturist Roger Gibson 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.

Jean and Roger Gibson enjoy a hands-on approach to managing the vineyard which is both practical and scientific. Roger is a specialist in soils and plant science (Master of Applied Science, first class honours) and has worked in research and education; Jean holds a degree in Horticultural Science from Massey University.

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Jean or Roger Gibson
Lowburn Ferry Wines
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PRESS RELEASE: 8 NOVEMBER 2006 LOWBURN FERRY INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard in Central Otago has made international success with its 2005 Pinot Noir winning a gold medal at a prestigious wine show in Austria.

The results of the AWC Vienna 2006 International Wine Challenge were announced last week. The AWC Vienna 2006 is the second largest international wine competition with 5118 wines entered out of 29 nations over five continents, and together with London, Bordeaux, Verona and Brussels represents one of the world's most important wine trophies.

The success for Lowburn Ferry's second vintage from its "home block" vineyard follows recent accolades for the Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003, the only other release from the "home block," which won Champion Wine of the Show, Champion Red Wine and Champion Pinot Noir at the New Zealand Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards in 2005.

Unfortunately, like the 2003 vintage, the Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2005 is very limited in supply, due to demand from the export trade and wine "connoisseurs" in New Zealand. But it is significant in helping us build our brand for when significant volumes come on stream," said owners Jean and Roger Gibson. Some of the wine has been exported to the UK and USA, and the wine is being released in New Zealand this week.

For more information, or orders, visit www.lowburnferry.co.nz

Or contact:
Jean or Roger Gibson
5 Swann Road
RD2
Cromwell
Central Otago
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PRESS RELEASE: 30 AUGUST 2005 TRIPLE SCOOP IN WINE AWARDS FOR LOWBURN FERRY

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.

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 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 Wines 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

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Contact for further information:

Roger or Jean Gibson
Lowburn Ferry
5 Swann Road
RD2
Cromwell
Ph 03 445 0846

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, Strathburn Farm, 5 Swann Road, RD2, Cromwell
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