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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.