“Mouthwatering and tingling with deliciousness… A wine that will probably give as much pleasure in its callow youth as it will with some mellowing age.” – Jancis Robinson MW
2012 Lowburn Ferry ‘Home Block’ Pinot Noir
Central Otago is the southernmost vineyard area in the world! It is the one part of New Zealand that has a continental climate and is amongst the driest parts of the country with high diurnal temperature ranges and warm autumn conditions. The Estate was visited by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their tour of New Zealand in 2014.
The Pinot Noir grapes come from vineyards nestled in the Lowburn Valley, beneath the Pisa Range on a sheltered, north-facing terrace. Not only do the vines have a supply of nutrients from the schist soils, but for over 100 years prior to its establishment the vineyard has been in pasture, allowing the build-up of natural organic matter in the soil.
Roger and Jean Gibson had 15 years’ experience of selling wine and they soon ventured into wine making, having realised the potential of the area from the high customer demand for Central Otago wines. Peter Bartle is winemaker-in-chief, based at Vinpro and has plenty of experience home and abroad, forming wine making projects in Hawkes Bay; Napa, California; Marlborough; and at fellow Central Otago producers, Olssens.
This wine is delicious with Chinese food, particularly crispy duck pancakes and even goes well with the slightly sweet (cherry) fruit sauce. It is also spot on with a (not too hot) lamb curry.
Gold- International Wine Challenge 2014
Silver- Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
£29 per bottle