Lowburn Ferry Trade News - Spring - November 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 Cuisine - Nev/Dec 2012
  • 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.
  • Gourmet Traveller Wine (Aus / NZ): : 97 points (out of 100!), 5 stars
  • Grand Jury Européen tasting: ranked in top pinots in the world - August 2012
  • 5 stars Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012
  • Only 100 cases made.

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 is well passed and finally spring is settling in to some more consistent weather, but this photo reminds us of a fantastic day spent up at Cardrona skifield with family and friends a couple of months back.
Meanwhile, now we have bud burst in the vineyard the vines are susceptible to those overnight frosts which can be devastating on our crop. This photo was taken early morning last week.

Our 2012 vintage pinot noir has completed malolactic fermentation in the winery and is now settled in the oak barrels doing until early next year when it will be blended and bottled. By all accounts the wines are tasting very good so we look forward to the finished result. The 2011 Home Block pinot noir has already been receiving some good reviews - across the board the Central Otago wines from this vintage are a bit lighter in style. We'll hold it a bit longer before releasing.
Meanwhile our other wines just keep getting better with more bottle age, and they have been getting some fantastic press and accolades both here and abroad. Latest ones just come through:

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2009:

  • Cuisine Nov/Dec 2012 - 5 stars
  • Sydney Morning Herald: Best Import - 18th Sept 2012

Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve Pinot Noir 2010:

  • Gourmet Traveller Wine (Aus / NZ): : 97 points (out of 100!), 5 stars
  • Grand Jury Européen tasting: ranked in top pinots in the world - August 2012

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011 (not yet released):

  • Wine Orbit - Raymond Chan - 4 stars, 85-87 points

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

The inaugural reserve pinot noir from Lowburn Ferry has received an outstanding ovation from a panel of international tasters known as the Grand Jury Européen (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.

"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 .... ...Download full press release pdf here

As a small family wine producer we are thrilled with this accolade. Even being selected to show our wine to the Grand Jury was an honour. And here's another....

Gourmet Traveller Wine review:
October 2012

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

We welcome Dave Mullen Wine Agency who now represent Lowburn Ferry in Western Australia. We like to work with our trade customers and offer support in the way of resources, samples, wine tastings, visits. Please let us know if you are heading down this way, we'd love to meet up with you and show you around.

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 - 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.

Ideal Christmas Gift or Reading:
Check out this lovely publication from Jeremy & Heidi Holmes of d'Or to Door: the first edition details their travels to Paris, Burgundy, Piedmont and San Sebastian and includes restaurant reviews, reports on wine producer visits and countless snippets of travel information - very useful if you are considering travelling, or just to drool over and dream - highly recommended (and advert-free!) It can be ordered direct from www.repast.com.au AU $24.99 plust $10 postage.

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!).

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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