Lowburn Ferry News - Spring|Summer 2013
Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir : "wine making history"

Available now:

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek
Pinot Noir 2011

  • “An elegant pinot showing perfumed aromas of red cherry, plum, floral and subtle spice notes. The palate is succulent and rounded with fine texture and lovely mid palate weight, finishing long and juicy. A youthful charmer showing refinement and poise. At its best: now to 2016. ” Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Lowburn Ferry Home Block
Pinot Noir 2010
  • Trophy: Winestate Champion Pinot Noir of the Year 2011 for Australia/NZ
  • Gold medal, NZ International Wine Show 2011
  • Blue-Gold Award, Sydney International Wine Show 2012
  • Silver Medal, Decanter Wine Awards UK 2012

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

Contact us:

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


Winter time here and so far its been a very wet winter here in Central Otago – more rain than snow for us, although the snow is low down on the Pisa Range behind Lowburn Ferry Vineyard. Fine days are now welcome with frosty starts!

Our harvest came in late April – a dream vintage from a fantastic summer. The drought that affected the rest of the country over the summer made for perfect growing conditions here in Central Otago, and our fruit came in very clean, with medium to small berries. Although its very early days, Jean and Roger did a barrel tasting recently with winemaker Pete Bartle, and we were all very impressed with the intensity of flavour already in our 2013 wines.

Six Nations Wine Challenge:

To be judged next month in Sydney, this is the only wine show in the world where the wines come in exclusively by invitation from the Judges. New World wines from Australia, NZ, Chile, Argentina, South Africa and USA are represented.

"Because the wines are all selected by each of the judges the standard of wine quality must surely be higher than any competition of this size in the world", says Bob Campbell MW, who invited us to submit Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010.

Who's Batting:

In an exciting new opportunity, Lowburn Ferry will be in esteemed company in India where, represented by famous NZ cricketers QualityNZ™ is using its influence to develop trade between the two countries. New Zealand's ability to produce world class products, and India's growth towards becoming one of the largest economies in the world, is the foundation for this opportunity.

From New Delhi's "Mail Today" 25.05.13 “WHAT does an international cricketer do after hanging up his boots? Become a coach or a commentator, or, like Chennai Super Kings guru and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming discover the spending power of the Indian market. Fleming has padded up as the brand ambassador and director of a Kiwi food marketing company, QualityNZ, whose portfolio extends from Manuka honey to Pacific King salmon, South Island lobster, lamb, artesian water and apples…” read the full article here

A recent photo taken in Auckland shows famous Indian Chef, Ritu Delmia cooking NZ food with NZ MasterChef winner Nadia Lim. QualityNZ was invited to share time with Ritu & Nadia as they filmed an episode for India's NDTV.

Vintage 2013:

We acknowledge the assistance of friends and family who helped with our harvest and in particular Ted and Rhonda who came over from Melbourne for a "working holiday" picking and helping in our "camp kitchen" in the vineyard, and educating us on some great Aussie wines! We harvested 16.67 tonnes from the Lowburn Ferry Home Block vineyard over 5 days – Roger's claim to fame was his pre-harvest crop estimate was within 15kg of the final total! (He must have spent days out there counting every bunch, we think!)

Central Otago Pinot Celebration 2014:
Lowburn Ferry is looking forward to participating in the 10th Central Otago Pinot Celebration early next year - two fun-filled days bringing together the wine world's leading writers and commentators, together with wine and food enthusiasts to experience Central Otago's best wine, cuisine and sights. We'd love to see you there. For more information or to register (Early Bird Registrations are open now) contact us or see http://www.pinotcelebration.co.nz

Keep warm, enjoy the winter season or summer if you're on the other side of the world… Roll on spring…
from Jean, Roger, Christine (accounts) and Lynn (vineyard)

Printable Newsletter

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About Lowburn Ferry:
Crafted from vines growing in deep organice and loess soils, Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir wines are the product of hard hand labour in an environment where fantastic success or complete failure can balance on a knife edge.

Lowburn Ferry is a consistent winner of accolades and awards demonstrating an exceptionally successful commitment to quality and the attainment of the elusive true Pinot characters that can only be found with the right terroir in the most carefully managed boutique vineyards.

Many notable wine writers have ranked Lowburn Ferry with the best (Jancis Robinson scored 18 out of 12 for our very first wine!).

Making Contact

Please contact us for our recent Trade Price List. Also if you need to sample any of the wines! Email Jean winedirect@lowburnferry.co.nz or phone (03) 445 0846 any time!

Other Trade Support

Don't forget there are many resources 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

We also have a lovely brochure and poster - email winedirect@lowburnferry.co.nz if you need any. We can also send these graphics electronically and we have a no-text version that can be used as a background for translations into other languages.

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


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