Lowburn Ferry ‘Skeleton Creek’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016


Lowburn Ferry along with Pyramid Valley were the two high profile and high performing wine producers purchased by Steve Smith MW and Brian Sheth under Aotearoa New Zealand Fine Wine Estates last year. The Lowburn Ferry vineyard near Cromwell in Central Otago of Roger and Jean Gibson had been making first-class Pinot Noirs from their inaugural vintage in 2003, showing their site to be special in terroir and quality. No doubt this attracted Smith and Sheth, and it will be interesting to see how they approach the viticulture and winemaking, the site and wines already proven. I suspect it will be fine-tuning rather than any drastic changes. Here, I review the Lowburn Ferry ‘Skeleton Creek’ Pinot Noir 2016, the most ‘accessible’ of the wines under the brand, made by Peter Bartle. Though based on estate fruit, some vintages have included fruit from the ‘Avalon’ vineyard, Queensberry in the final blend. For availability, contact Aotearoa Fine Wine Estates general manager Michael Henley at email: [email protected]


  • Lowburn Ferry ‘Skeleton Creek’ Central Otago Pinot Noir 2016

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