Spring Blossom at Mt Rosa Lodge

Vineyard

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.

Alan Brady – winemaker

alanbradyAlan 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 – artist

imbiberpinotDeidre 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 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.

Our Harvests

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.