Imbiber Pinot Noir is a great result from our small vineyard situated on the 5 Star Mt Rosa Lodge property.
The Imbiber Pinot Noir was 1st released in 2008 is the very first vintage from this small, unique and privately owned site.
This wine is made on a very small scale, only 5 barrels are produced each year and the vineyard is meticulously tended.
The fruit is ripened in bright, clear air carrying the scents of mountain flowers and herbs. The clarity of that environment is evident in the delicate texture and supple structure on the wine.
The wine making philosophy is to allow the essence of that site to come through in the wine. In other words, this is the wine as nature intended with no clever wine making tricks to impose our own idea of style.
The grapes are handpicked around 28/29th April each year, de-stemmed and fermented in a small stainless steel fermenter. The wine is aged for 11 months in French barriques and has not been filtered.
Imbiber Pinot Noir is best enjoyed on the terrace overlooking the vines to spectacular views beyond or by the roaring fire at Mt Rosa Lodge. Guests at Mt Rosa Lodge are able to walk through the vines with Ali, their host for an informative talk or actively participate in vineyard activities.
Alan Brady - Winemaker
Deidre Copeland - Artist
Alan Brady, pioneer Gibbston wine maker has handcrafted this wine, used rich, ripe fruit to produce a beautifully balanced fresh, fruity and seductive Pinot Noir showing all the delicacy, elegance and fine tannin structure we come to expect from Gibbston fruit. Alan is now joined by his son-in-law Terence Vallelunga in the wine making process. A fabulous team.
Deidre Copeland, a renowned facescapes artist has kindly allowed us to use her “The Imbiber” painting of Brian Dennis (previous owner) as our wine label and so the Imbiber Pinot Noir 2008 was born.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 08
Our 1st harvest, picked on the 28th April in beautiful sunny conditions. Only a few cases left.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 09
Grapes picked on 29th April, a large crop in crisp autumn conditions. A very small picking crew.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 10
Grapes picked on 29th April, very small crop due to a cool summer. Very Intense fruit. A very enthusiastic harvest crew from all over the world.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 11
Grapes picked 22nd April due to a great spring with much heat and moisture. Glorious autumn day for harvest, with returning harvest crew and from previous year.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2012
Unprecedented snow on the 4th Nov resulted in sufficient damage to the young shoots and so the crop in 2012 was not of sufficient quality or quantity to harvest for our Imbiber Pinot Noir.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2013
A late but glorious autumn harvest day, 9th May. The fruit was left a bit longer on the vines resulting in the wine being rich in colour and flavour. This has just been released.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2014
The best harvest day to date. We picked with some international and local guests and this was to be Alan Bradys last harvest as wine maker. Lunch was memorable by the outdoor open fire and dinner was memorable with speeches from all. This one of those ‘life enhancing days’.
A similar crop to 2013 but lighter. This is resulting in a less but better wine and we watch with interest to the maturing of this wine, still in French Barrique.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2016
This season produced one of the best vantages yet. The last for Brian and Maureen which saw them handing over the reins to Nic and Ali Soper. 2016 vintage turned out to be a beauty and
was enjoyed by many guests who managed to take a bottle home with them after their stay.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2017
The first and rather nerve-racking vintage for Nic and Ali, boy did they nurse those grapes well throughout the growing season. Checking the vines every day and learning all about vineyard management. A smaller crop due to weather conditions but Alan (yes he came back for another vintage) and son-in-law Terence Vallelunga produced a delicious Pinot Noir. The harvest crew of family and friends enjoyed a fabulous day picking, eating and enjoying Imbiber 2015. With a cheeky taste of 2016 which shows much promise.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2018
Another harsh lesson in Vineyard Management - Fallow deer, from the mountain behind the Lodge, enjoyed the first buds - meaning a crop too small to produce a vintage this year. We will be watching out for the deer next Spring.
Imbiber Pinot Noir 2019
At this stage - January 2019, after fencing off the vineyard to protect from wandering deer, working with a new management team (Viticultura), using a bear earth policy to eradicate weeds, pruning the sub-surface roots to force the vines to bring up really good nutrients from well beneath the surface and more careful attention than ever, we are looking forward to what this season might bring. Watch this space…