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Reviews, Awards & Accolades - Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir

Lowburn Ferry produces two premium pinot noir wines: "Home Block" and "Skeleton Creek" and a Reserve pinot noir called "The Ferryman".
Please refer to our Downloads page for tasting notes (in pdf format), and full list of accolades


ACCOLADES FOR LOWBURN FERRY WINES:

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2015
  • Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2017: Mark De Havilland Memorial Trophy for Best Red Table Wine of Competition
  • Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2017: J F Hillebrand (New Zealand) Ltd Perpetual Trophy for Best Pinot Noir of Competition.
  • Sydney Int. Wine Competition 2017: Blue Gold, Top 100 Award
  • Winestate: 5 stars, 2016
  • Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016: Silver Medal


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014
  • Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016: CHAMPION Wine of the Show, CHAMPION Pinot Noir Trophy, Elite Gold Medal
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016: Gold Medal, 95 points
  • Decanter (UK): No.1 in tasting of 172 NZ Pinot Noirs, Sept 2016
  • JF Hillebrand (New Zealand) Ltd Perpetual Trophy for Best Pinot Noir - Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
  • Gold medal - Global Pinot Noir Masters, UK - The Drinks Business, 2016
  • Winestate: Top 5 Finalist in Winestate Wine of The Year Awards 2015
  • 5 stars, 96 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 5 stars: 19.0-/20 Oct 2015 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  • 5 stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2016

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2014
  • 4.5 STARS, Winestate 2016

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2013
  • CUISINE - NO. 1 PINOT NOIR - NZ Pinot Noir Tasting April 2015
  • BLUE-GOLD TOP 100 AWARD - Sydney International Wine Show 2015
  • PURE ELITE GOLD MEDAL - Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014


Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve Pinot Noir 2013
  • 5 stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
  • Blue-Gold, Top 100 Award, Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
  • Silver medal: International Wine Challenge 2015

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2013
  • 5 STARS, 96 points: Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb 2015
  • 4.5 STARS - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines
  • 90 points - Cameron Douglas MS, Hospitality Business April 2016

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012
  • GOLD MEDAL, International Wine Challenge (London) 2014
  • PURE ELITE GOLD MEDAL, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
  • BLUE-GOLD AWARD, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
  • SILVER MEDAL, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
  • TOP 10 Pinots, Cuisine, Nov-Dec 2014
  • 5 STARS, 96 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2014
  • Listed in top 100 new releases for 2014 - Gourmet Traveller Wine 2014

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2011
  • CHAMPION PINOT NOIR 2013 Winestate Wine of the Year Awards
  • TOP 1OO BLUE-GOLD AWARD, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
  • 4 stars, 90 points Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011
  • Blue Gold medal, Top 100 - Sydney International Wine Competition 2013
  • Gold Medal, Global Pinot Noir Masters, UK - The Drinks Business, 2015
Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010
  • Champion Pinot Noir - Winestate Wine of the Year 2011
  • Blue-Gold Award - Sydney International Wine Show 2012
  • Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show 2011
  • 5 stars Winestate Magazine Nov 2011
  • 4 stars, 90 points Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com


Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve Pinot Noir 2010
  • 5 stars - Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012



Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2009
  • 5 stars Winestate Magazine Nov 2011
  • 5 stars Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com
  • Wine NZ Magazine, Winter 2011 - shortlist pinot wines over $30
  • Silver Medal, NZ International Wine Show 2011


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 Pinot Noir - 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
  • Sydney International Wine Competition 2010: Top 100, Blue-Gold Award
  • Cuisine Magazine Nov 2009: 4 stars
  • Winestate Nov/Dec 2009: 4 stars


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007
  • Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show 2007
  • Silver Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008
  • Silver medal International Wine Challenge - London (IWC) 2009
  • 93 points (5 stars) Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb/March 2009


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006
  • Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver Medal, NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards 2007
  • Silver medal NZ International Wine Show 2007

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2005
  • Gold Medal, AWC Vienna International Wine Show 2006

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003
  • CHAMPION WINE OF SHOW,CHAMPION RED TABLE WINE,MIKE WOLTER MEMORIAL TROPHY for Champion Pinot Noir Table Wine, NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards 2005:, Gold medal
  • FIVE STAR HONOURS - NZ Red - Best of the Bunch tasting - Cuisine Magazine March 2004
  • DECANTER MAGAZINE 2005 TASTING OF NZ PINOT NOIRS: 4 stars
  • MICHAEL COOPER'S WINE GUIDE 2006: 5 stars


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014

AWARDS:

  • Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016: CHAMPION Wine of the Show,
    CHAMPION Pinot Noir Trophy, Elite Gold Medal
  • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2016: Gold Medal, 95 points
  • Decanter (UK): No.1 in tasting of 172 NZ Pinot Noirs, Sept 2016
  • JF Hillebrand (New Zealand) Ltd Perpetual Trophy for Best Pinot Noir
    - Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
  • Gold medal - Global Pinot Noir Masters, UK - The Drinks Business, 2016
  • Winestate: Top 5 Finalist in Winestate Wine of The Year Awards 2015
  • 5 stars, 96 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
  • 5 stars: 19.0-/20 Oct 2015 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
  • 5 stars: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2016

REVIEWS

Jancis Robinson.com (12/5/16): "Quietly meaty (as in rare steak) on the nose with restrained red fruit. Fine tannins with the soft tugging rub of wet clay on a potter's wheel. Crisp edge-of-ripe damson fruit packed tightly into the mid palate. A little beetroot and fresh-mushroom savour to pull it toward earthiness. Long mouth-drawing finish, slightly drying and veering towards tart but ends on the right side of elegant. (TC) " Tamlyn Currin 17.0 / 20

"How good is this. Seductive, powerful, refined and opulent at the same time. Gorgeous aromas of dark cherry, truffle, cedar, dried herb and roasted beet lead to a concentrated palate that delivers layers of delicious flavours. It is richly textured and generously flavoured, while remaining elegant and poised, and finishes superbly long and velvety. Wonderfully expressive and hugely appealing. At its best: now to 2024" 5 stars, 96 points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"This is an elegant and seamless Pinot Noir with harmonious dark red fruit, an array of floral and complex herbal layers and a supple mouthfeel. Serve with Poultry and pork, and with Asian fare over the next5-6+ years. 5 stars:19.0-/20 Oct 2015 Raymond Chan Wine Reviews

"The 2014 vintage (5*) is a single-vineyard red, hand-harvested at 24 brix at Lowburn, and matured for 10 months in French oak casks (31 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fragrant, sweet-fruited and concentrated, with deep, ripe plum, cherry and spice flavours, showing excellent complexity, and fine-grained tannins. Still youthful, it's an age-worthy, very harmonious wine; open 2017+. " Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2016


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2013

AWARDS:

  • GOLD MEDAL, International Wine Challenge (London) 2014
  • PURE ELITE GOLD MEDAL, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
  • BLUE-GOLD AWARD, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
  • SILVER MEDAL, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
  • 4 stars, 90 points Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com

REVIEWS


5 stars, No. 1: “It's a powerful, hedonistic style, but still has delightful freshness and definition," noted judge Sam Harrop (Master of Wine, winemaker and international wine consultant). Pure dark fruit flows seamlessly and silkily across the palate, enlivened by fresh acidity, and the finish is long and fine. As a food match, try slow-cooked lamb shoulder, spiced with preserved lemon, cumin and coriander seeds” Cuisine – NZ Pinot Noir Tasting, May 2015

"Dark, deep, purple-hued ruby-red colour, a little lighter on rim. The nose is full and voluminous with a harmoniously interwoven aromas of ripe dark red berry fruits, violet florals, dark red plums and oak spices that unfold in layers of detail and perfume. Medium-bodied, rich, ripe and succulent flavours of dark red berry fruits, plums and florals form a rich and deep core. Violet florals, liquorice and spices emerge with very refined nuances of dark herbs, minerals and earth providing interest and complexity. The palate is silky and seamless, flowing smoothly, guided by very fine-grained tannins and acidity. This has great energy, poise and complete balance, carrying through to a very long, lingering finish of liquorice and plums. This is an elegant, aromatic, fine-grained, silky-smooth Pinot Noir with succulently rich dark red fruit flavours. Serve with poultry, pork and lamb over the next 6 – 8 years. Clones 5, 115, 667 and 777 destemmed and fermented with one-third by indigenous yeasts to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 10 months in 29% new French oak." 19.0+/20 Sep 2014 Raymond Chan

****** 93/100 : "Scented, spicy Pinot Noir with succulent plum and cherry flavours seasoned with a subtle savoury character. Silken textured red with a lingering finish. Deliciously accessible but with good cellaring potential. " Bob Campbell MW (BobsWineReviews.com


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2012

AWARDS:

  • GOLD MEDAL, International Wine Challenge (London) 2014
  • PURE ELITE GOLD MEDAL, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
  • BLUE-GOLD AWARD, Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
  • SILVER MEDAL, Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
  • 4 stars, 90 points Bob Campbell bobswinereviews.com

REVIEWS


"Medium crimson. Sweet, like the warm smell billowing from the kitchen when cherry compote is simmering away on the stove. Mouthwatering and tingling with deliciousness. There's a sharp spine, like a slash of cranberry, which snaps all that sweet cherry juice into smart shape, and just a hint of menthol and liquorice to give it the suggestion of a dark side. The tannins lean ever so lightly on the tongue, more playful than practical. One should probably give it another year or so in bottle, but I'd struggle to resist opening it this summer. A wine that will probably give as much pleasure in its callow youth as it will with some mellowing age. (TC)" score 17+ JancisRobinson.com
…"An intense, complex, sumptuous pinot that is perfumed with dark plum, black cherry and a hint of violets. There is an appealing gamy influence on the palate. The texture is seductively smooth with a backbone of fine tannins". 96 points, Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine 2014
"Crushed oyster shell and overtly ripe black cherry perfume and flavour. Succulent and fresh yet deep, dense and concentrated plum, cherry and blueberry. Delicate yet powerful. Tensile yet yielding." IWC 2014 (gold medal)


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2011

AWARDS:

  • Blue-Gold, Top100 Award: Sydney International Wine Competition 2013
  • Gold Medal: Global Pinot Noir Masters, London, 2015
  • Top 5 Finalist, Winestate Wine of the Year Awards, 2014
  • 5 stars, Winestate 2014
  • Selected for serving in British Airways First Class cabins, Asia-Pacific route - 2015

REVIEWS


"Very aromatic and lifted. Pure fruit and some stalk. Beautifully perfumed. The nose works into the palate. Great concentration. A beautifully poised wine showing synergy with the duck dish. Great length." Warren Gibson
"A lighter more elegant fruit style on the palate. Ripe and red. Better balanced, rounded fine tannins, with tight acids and a good balance of alcohol. Harmonious and shows finesse. It goes well with the food and has great length." Xenia Irwin MW
A delicately expressed pinot, the bouquet shows elegant aromas of red cherry, floral and subtle spice. It's ripe and finely textured on the palate with lovely mid palate weight, finishing long and pleasingly dry backed by polished tannins. At its best: now to 2015. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
Showing good aging potential, the 2011 vintage (4.5*) was estate-grown, hand-picked at 24 brix and matured for 10 months in French oak barriques (32 per cent new.) Full-coloured, it is mouthfilling and savoury, with strong, ripe cherry and spice flavours, finely balanced tannins and excellent complexity. Best drinking 2014+. Michael Cooper – Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines

Lowburn Ferry Skeleton Creek Pinot Noir 2011

AWARDS:

REVIEWS


"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. $45.00. Moderate availability." Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2010

AWARDS:

  • Trophy: Champion Pinot Noir NZ/Australia, Winestate Wine of the Year Awards 2011
  • 5 stars: Winestate November 2011
  • Blue-Gold Award - Sydney International Wine Show 2012
  • Gold Medal, NZ International Wine Show 2011
  • 5 stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines 2012

REVIEWS


"Highly concentrated, single-vineyard red from Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin.  Deeply coloured, fleshy, warm and supple, with intense plum, cherry and slight licorice flavours and a lovely, silky texture. "  ***** $48 (A, UK, US) Winestate Nov-Dec 2011

"The 2010 vintage is a highly concentrated, single-vineyard red, hand-picked at Lowburn, in Central Otago, and matured for nine months in French oak casks (30 per cent new). Deeply coloured, it is fleshy, ripe and supple, with intense plum, cherry and slight liquorice flavours and a lovely, silky texture. " ***** Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012.


Lowburn Ferry "The Ferryman" Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

AWARDS:

  • 5 stars Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to NZ Wines 2012

REVIEWS

"Estate-grown at Lowburn, in Central Otago, this is the producer's flagship red, made only in top vintages. Hand-harvested at over 25 brix from low-cropped vines, and matured for nine months in French oak barriques (25 per cent new), the debut 2010 («««««) is deeply coloured, fragrant and supple, in a very elegant, 'feminine' style with beautifully poised cherry, plum, spice and nut flavours, graceful, savoury and silky-textured. A stylish wine, it's full of potential." ***** Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to NZ Wines 2012.


Lowburn Ferry "Skeleton Creek" Pinot Noir 2009

AWARDS:

  • 5 stars Winestate Magazine Nov 2011
  • Nominated for Winestate Wine of the Year 2011

REVIEWS

"Dark and dense, with highly concentrated dark berry, plum and herb flavours.  Rich and velvety, with earthy, savoury notes and the structure to mature well over the long haul.    $35 (A, UK, US) " ***** Winestate November 2011.


Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2009

AWARDS:

  • 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
  • Cuisine November 2010 - 4 stars
  • Winestate Nov-Dec 2010 - 4 stars

REVIEWS


93/100
"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.


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2008

AWARDS:

Sydney International Wine Competition 2010: Top 100, Blue-Gold Award
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Cuisine November 2009 - 4 stars

Winestate Nov-Dec 2009 - 4 stars

REVIEWS

“There's a wonderfully uninhibited quality to this Pinot from winemaker Carol Bunn. It's dark, sweet and spicy and fair romps across the palate, fresh but visceral. Oak lends support without compromising the juicy core of fruit. Food suggestion: barbecued Toulouse sausages.” 4 stars - Cuisine Pinot Noir tasting - November 2009

"Low cropping in an otherwise large vintage has maintained the red cherry purity and balance in this Central Otago wine.  The bouquet explodes with lifted violets and rose petals, leading into a red fruit palate with structured fruit tannins, vibrant acidity and supportive oak.” 93 points – Tyson Stelzer WBM100 Oct 2009

“The 2008 Pinot Noir has a good intensity on the nose: mulberry, raspberry and a touch of wild hedgerow. Soft on the entry, nicely balanced with good clarity and finer tannins with notes of mulberry, raspberry and wild strawberry and quite silky towards the finish. This is more feminine than the earlier vintages, no doubt because of the progressing vine age first planted in 2000.” 88-90 points- Neal Martin – for e-Robert Parker – Sept 2009


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007

AWARDS:

NZ International Wine Show 2008 - GOLD Medal

AIR NZ Wine Awards 2008 - SILVER Medal

IWC London 2009 - SILVER Medal

REVIEWS

“Silken-textured fruit bomb with masses of dense red and black cherry flavours plus a suggestion of anise and spicy oak. A classic Central Otago style that's easy to love and understand.”

*****


(5 stars) Bob Campbell - BobsWineReviews.com

“This represents terrific value from a producer that is definitely one to watch. Plenty of fragrant lift and a whiff of mountain herbs in this vital, fresh Pinot that carries impressive richness. Ripe, long and concentrated palate with density and resolve. Cherry and cassis from top to tail.” 94 points - Nick Stock WBM100 April 2009

“Expressive fragrant herbs give this sexy kiwi pinot a good first impression that then shifts to lovely cherry juices with a light dusting of white pepper and a moreish subtle coat of tannins that underpin a set of spicy highlights in the finish.  Quite satisfying.  Worth exploring.” 94 points – Tony Love – The Advertiser (Adelaide)

"The 2007 Pinot Noir has a dark ruby core, scents of dark cherry, mulberry and blueberry with moderate intensity. The palate is medium-bodied, nice acidity, more harmonious than the 2006, a little more focus and precision, definitely the tannins finer and less rustic than 2006. Good depth with mulberry accents on the persistent finish. Very fine. " 89 points- Neal Martin – for e-Robert Parker – Sept 2009

Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2007 was selected by NZ Winegrowers as representative of the Central Otago regional character for new release tastings in London and Melbourne early in 2009.


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006

AWARDS:

Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2008 - Gold Medal
NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards 2007 - Silver Medal
NZ International Wine Show 2007 - Silver Medal

REVIEWS

"A classy Central Otago pinot: a gorgeous wine with masses of spicy fruit that’s velvety, rich and lush in the mouth. True to the grape, properly ripe (and just 13.5 per cent alcohol), it’s fruit-driven and ample. For this region, it’s also well-priced. 95/100". Food Barbecued quail. - Huon Hooke in the Sydney Morning Herald (December 2, 2008)

"From Central Otago’s Lowburn area, this is well pitched between the richness and fruit weight that defines this outstanding region and varietal Pinot elegance. Dark cherries, some wild bush herbs and silky ripe tannins. Finishes chewy." 91 points - WBM100 November 2008 - Nick Stock (Nick Stock an award winning sommelier and now one of Australia’s leading wine writers and judges)

"Pinot Noir from New Zealand’s Central Otago is a mixed bag. This lovely example kicks off with appetising sour cherry and spice aromas, with a whiff of strawberry pancake for good measure. It has intense fruit with a thread of cedary oak seasoning it, and a silky, medium-weight feel in the mouth. It finishes fragrant and lingering. 13.5% alc.
Ageing? Drink over four years
Food idea: Chinese barbecued meats
***** $$"
Five stars denotes ‘Superb Wine, a classic example of its type, worthy of the big occaision and the best company’ $$ Reasonably priced relative to quality. - Ralph Kyte-Powell in the Melbourne Age, November 2008

"Excellent wine, previously championed by Jancis. A really complete wine with excellent flavours, depth and structure, pretty seamless. (RJ)"
Roger Jones (from Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages)

"Aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and espresso. Supple, sappy and dense, with strong, sweet dark fruit flavors slightly dried by the strong oak component. Finishes with firm, oak-driven tannins. (The Wine Company, St. Paul, MN) 87 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 07

Jamie Goode's online wine blog -September 16, 2007:
in his article entitled: Grand cru Burgundy from Central Otago:
"Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2006 Central Otago
Medium colour, which is a good thing with Pinot. You don't want your Pinot to look like Shiraz. Warm cherry and spice nose which is quite aromatic and fresh. The palate has a nice concentration of spicy berry and cherry fruit with good acidity keeping things very fresh, and giving a hint of plummy sourness to the finish. A bright, supple style with a fair bit of complexity and some structure, which makes me think it might age well over the next few years. 90/100 (Hellion Wines)"

"The 2006 Pinot Noir displays attractive mulberry, raspberry and briary scents on the nose with good definition and attractive purity. The palate is medium-bodied, good depth, raspberry and mulberry once again, a little more tannic structure than the 2005. Rather chunky, perhaps lacking some elegance and a little short on the finish with hints of spice and cloves on the aftertaste. Drink over 2-3 years. " 87 points- Neal Martin – for e-Robert Parker – Sept 2009


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2005

AWARDS:

AWC Vienna 2006 International Wine Show - Gold Medal

REVIEWS

“Strong cedar/cigar box on the nose with focused red cherry and raspberry flavours and appealing peppery tannins. A supple and appealing Pinot Noir with a hint of oak-derived chocolate box character.”
Total score (out of 100 points) 93
Bob Campbell MW


“Excellent dimension. Sweet musk and ripe stalk, throroughly pumped through the mid palate by ripe cherries and sour plums. Lots of chalk through the bank half of it. I wish I could sit and enjoy this one some more. Not a huge wine. Ready to start drinking from now. Drink: 2006-2011. 91 points.” (Campbell Mattinson’s Winefront review– from Sneak Preview tasting July 2006 www.winefront.com.au )

"From their vineyard in the Lowburn Valley, Central Otago, this has an intense nose of black cherries, cranberry and wild strawberry which perhaps just lacks a little clarity. The palate is medium-bodied with notes of cherry and wild strawberry and better delineation than the aromatics, rounded is texture with plum and a touch of iodine towards the elegant finish. Very fine. Tasted October 2007. Drink 2008-2012" 88 points- Neal Martin – for e-Robert Parker – Sept 2009


Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noir 2003

AWARDS:

NZ Winegrowers Bragato Wine Awards 2005: CHAMPION WINE OF SHOW,
Mike Wolter Memorial Trophy for Champion Pinot Noir Table Wine,
CHAMPION RED TABLE WINE,
Gold medal

Lowburn Ferry

REVIEWS:
FIVE-STAR HONOURS: NEW ZEALAND RED - Cuisine Magazine March 2005
“One wine towered over 49 others in the latest New Zealand Best of the Bunch tasting, and it's a new label. After planting their first vines at Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, in the Cromwell Valley, in 2000, Jean and Roger Gibson produced their first Pinot Noir in 2003 – and promptly scored a five-star rating in Cuisine.”
“Powerful, generous, single-vineyard wine from Lowburn, in the Cromwell Basin. Richly coloured and perfumed, with the delights of ripe, sweet fruit, French oak complexity and a strong surge of cherry, plum and spice flavours, finishing long and smooth. With the wine's excellent weight, density and structure, it should age well.”

JANCIS ROBINSON
- tasting of 120+ New Zealand pinot noirs, published in her Purple Pages, March 2005
Lowburn Ferry 2003 Central Otago: 18
(out of 20) Drink 2006-09
Dark crimson. Quite intense and deeply fruity. Savoury and deep. def not sweet. Really quite serious! Yet round with well managed tannins. Dry finish. Rather admirable and long term for Otago. Spice there too. Very long.
£15.95 Hellion Wines
Lowburn Ferry listed as one of Central Otago's promising producers

MICHAEL COOPERS BUYERS GUIDE TO NZ WINES 2006: 5 stars

DECANTER MAGAZINE (UK) 4 stars – October 2005
Decanter Guide to New Zealand Pinot Noir: “Fine, earthy, extracted bouquet with blackcurrant and small berry fruit. Complex. Spicy liquorice fruit and toasty oak, sophisticated winemaking. Cellar up to 5 years.” 4 stars – highly recommended. (17 points – ranked no. 8 out of 112 wines tasted)

Lowburn Ferry Vineyard, Strathburn Farm, 5 Swann Road, RD2, Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand
Phone: +64 (3) 445 0846, Fax +64 (3) 445 0840, Email: