Lowburn Ferry 2013 ‘Skeleton Creek’ and ‘Home Block Pinot Noir

29-Sep-2014
The Lowburn Ferry Pinot Noirs of Roger and Jean Gibson are among some of Central Otago’s most awarded, reflecting the quality of the fruit that comes from their 3.5 ha of vines planted on a north-facing terrace overlooking the site of the Lowburn ferry crossing. With a soil science and horticultural background, Roger and Jean personally tend the vineyard which comprises clones 5, 115, 667 and 777 in equal proportions and a smaller block of Abel clone fruit, planted on a variety of rootstocks on schist-based soil noteworthy for its excellent biological activity. The wine is made by Peter Bartle at VinPro, and bottled under three tiers, the premium wine being the ‘Home Block’, a secondary label ‘Skeleton Creek; and a reserve-styled ‘The Ferryman’ this released only in exceptional years. Here, I review the new 2013 ‘Skeleton Creek’ and ‘Home Block’ Pinot Noirs, about to be released soon. The former wine has all the Abel clone fruit from the Gibson’s vineyard, and the ‘Home Block’ bottled without that clone. They are stylistically very different, but show real character and quality. www.lowburnferry.co.nz

FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW

  • Lowburn Ferry ‘Skeleton Creek’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013
  • Lowburn Ferry ‘Home Block’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2013

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