Lowburn Ferry Trade News - June 2012
Lowburn Ferry Central Otago Pinot Noir : "wine making history"

Available now:

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

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek
Pinot Noir 2009

  • 5 stars Winestate Magazine NZ Pinot Noirs Nov 2011
  • nominated for Winestate Wine of the Year
  • Winestate Magazine Michael Cooper's Best of 2011 Releases - January 2012
  • Shortlisted in Top 5 Pinot Noirs in NZ Wine Magazine July issue
  • 5 stars Bob Campbell www.bobswinereviews.com

Limited Release:

Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve
Pinot Noir 2010

A passionate expression of the special terroir of Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, crafted only in exceptional vintages. Selected vines were specially managed during the growing season to produce this deep dark purple pinot noir. Aromas include lifted dark fruits of plum and brambles, gamey earthy characters and hints of mocha and spicy oak. The palate features rich ripe cherry with concentrated fine grained tannins and a lingering finish.
  • 5 stars Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012
  • Only 100 cases made.


Autumn colours were fantastic in Central Otago this year as one fine day followed another while the Lowburn Ferry harvest came in. Vintage at Lowburn Ferry brings together friends and family and culminates in a harvest dinner at home to celebrate the end. Here our 12-year old daughter Hazel and friend Taylah prepare a scrumptious morning tea of freshly baked scones for the vineyard workers. While the scones were baked at home and brought up by car, the girls arrived at the vineyard on horseback! (see more harvest photos below)

Vintage 2012 is all done and dusted - we harvested the grapes at Lowburn Ferry 15th-19th April and the wine is all now in the barrel where it will be for about 10-11 months. After a challenging spring (a late frost which affected one of our blocks), good even flowering and then a cooler and dampish summer, the weather gods treated us with a spectacular "Indian Summer" which allowed the grapes to ripen nicely with lovely flavours and lower than usual Brix levels. The result should be some lovely wines. The bird nets have all been collected in, snow is way down on the mountains, and we've started the winter task of pruning - although we are awaiting the return of Lynne from her holiday in France to really get things moving!

The past year has seen Lowburn Ferry's reputation as a premium wine producer grow and consolidate, and our wines are now being served in many highly esteemed establishments throughout the world.

We were recently visited by our Japanese importers from a lovely new establishment called "New Zea Platform" in Tokyo where they feature NZ wines, food and culture. Pictured is a lamb dish created by manager Yuji Hashimoto and featured on the menu there.

Closer to home we are thrilled to have Lowburn Ferry pinot noir in Queenstown's hottest new restaurant - "Rata" - launched last month by MasterChef New Zealand judge Josh Emett and business partner Fleur Caulton. Located discreetly away from the hustle and bustle of Queenstown tucked away alongside heritage buildings Rata has quickly become one of THE places to dine in Queenstown. Emett, who is a four star Michelin star chef worked for more than a decade alongside the internationally renowned Gordon Ramsay, said he is excited about coming back to New Zealand and particularly Queenstown to set up the venture.

As a small family wine producer we are very proud to see our wines being appreciated and served in these beautiful environments - its really quite humbling and makes us all feel that much more dedicated to improving our products and supporting our trade customers.

On that note, in December Roger travelled to Ningbo in China to represent Lowburn Ferry at a huge wine and food industry trade show - where he spent a lot of time signing wine bottles and having his photo taken with lovely Chinese ladies!

Jean is away to Australia on a marketing trip next week but doesn't expect to get her photo taken.

Lowburn Ferry wines are now sold and distributed throughout NZ, Australia, China, Singapore, Japan, Canada, UK, USA, Spain, and Bulgaria.

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010 recently a Silver medal at the Decanter Wine Awards 2012 in London, adding to its growing list of accolades.

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 - just email Jean 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.

About Lowburn Ferry Wines:
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!).

Vintage 2012

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!

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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