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  • Lowburn Ferry “Home Block” Pinot Noir 2014, Lowburn Ferry, Cromwell, Central Otago, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    Lowburn Ferry “Home Block” Pinot Noir 2014, Lowburn Ferry, Cromwell, Central Otago, 13.5% vol, 75cl


    Lowburn Ferry is the area surrounding an historic ferry crossing over the mighty Clutha River (New Zealand’s second longest river, and the longest in the South Island) in stunning Central Otago. Lake Dunstan – created in the early 1990’s by the damming of the river for a hydro-electic power scheme –  now occupies the ferry site at the base of the Lowburn Valley and vineyards abound on the surrounding glacial terraces where goldminers once laboured in the hot Otago sun.


    Lowburn Ferry Vineyard is dedicated solely to the production of Pinot Noir. The vineyard is established on terraces that were pastures for more than 100 years and this has resulted in healthy soils, rich in organic matter and biological activity. Central Otago has a cool and dry continental climate and features large diurnal temperature changes and a long, warm ripening period well into autumn –these climatic factors are ideal for ripening the fickle Pinot Noir grape.


    The fruit for the 2014 vintage was hand harvested between 6th -9th April 2014, de-stemmed and then put into 4 stainless steel tanks to undergo a brief period of cold soak. Two of the tanks were inoculated with selected cultured wine yeasts, whilst the other two tanks were wild ferments. After blending, the wine was aged in French oak barriques (30% new wood) for around 10 months.


    Lowburn Ferry Home Block Pinot Noir 2014 is a silky smooth, deeply coloured wine. Perfumed and spicy on the nose, it reveals aromas of red and black berry fruit, plum, and violets, with hints of savoury mushroom. Lush and concentrated flavours of black cherry and plum fruit on the palate are complemented by leather and savoury notes. It is a full bodied, complex wine with layers of fine grained tannin and a lingering finish. Enjoy on its own, or with poultry, duck, lamb, and venison dishes.


  • Chardonnay 2014, Greywacke Vineyards, Marlborough, 14.5% vol, 75cl

    Chardonnay 2014, Greywacke Vineyards, Marlborough, 14.5% vol, 75cl


    Greywacke (pronounced greywacky) is the exciting solo venture of Kevin Judd, who was formerly the chief winemaker at Cloudy Bay for 25 vintages, and was instrumental in developing the international recognition which New Zealand wines enjoy today. The name ‘Greywacke’ was adopted by Kevin for his first Marlborough vineyard located in Rapaura in recognition of the high prevalence of rounded greywacke river stones in the soils there.


    The majority of the fruit was sourced from the upper Brancott Valley with the balance coming from its lower reaches.


    The two vineyards were hand-picked separately at high ripeness levels and whole bunch pressed. The resulting juice was settled and racked to French oak barriques (20% new). The juice was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation, the final phase continuing for many months. The wine received occasional lees stirring and underwent a complete malolactic fermentation. It was transferred out of oak after 18 months and bottled in November 2015.

    Rich, mid-straw in appearance. On the nose a complex combination of peach and grapefruit notes gives way to aromas of nougat, vanilla and marzipan – an opulent concoction that is infused with a toasty smokiness. These flavours carry through onto a wonderfully dry, but rich and powerful palate that has great texture and concentration.






  • “Moonlight Race” Pinot Noir 2015, Burn Cottage, Central Otago, 13.5% vol, 75cl

    “Moonlight Race” Pinot Noir 2015, Burn Cottage, Central Otago, 13.5% vol, 75cl


    Burn Cottage refers to the name of a road that this 24 hectare property sits on near Cromwell in Central Otago. The estate, once a sheep paddock, was purchased by Marquis Sauvage in 2002 who started planting Pinot Noir in 2003.


    The Moonlight Race Pinot Noir is from fruit produced on Burn Cottage’s own biodynamic farmed estate vineyard, along with two other vineyards in the Central Otago region. One site is farmed sustainably and another organically with some biodynamic input. The mix creates a vibrant reflection of classic Central Otago Pinot Noir.


    The name “Moonlight Race” comes from a water channel, or “race”, that runs through the property that was created in the early years of European settlement to bring water down from the mountains.


    The Pinot Noir for “Moonlight Race” underwent indigenous yeast fermentation for around 17 days, with 15% of the fruit kept as whole clusters. Tanks were hand plunged three to four times per day during fermentation. After 12 months in French Oak barriques (20% new) the wine was bottled, unfiltered.


    The nose shows a myriad of herb and spice undertones interwoven with layers of ripe summer berries. The palate is both generous and restrained, with plump and supple tannins that are supported by a mix of plum, dark cherry and red fruit flavours. The finish is long, the wine showing lovely fruit purity and definition.