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La Maitre Day 2012

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Le Maitre Day was special this year, with Alan Brady turning out to mark 25 years of harvest at Gibbston Valley Winery.

50 followers from the Wine Club and local trade came out to mark the occasion, picking Pinot Noir from Alan’s original Home Block vineyard, watching the fruit being processed by the winery crew, then settling down for a delicious outdoor rustic lunch at the vineyard restaurant.

For Alan this was a proud moment, and he graced the day with some memories:

In those early days we experimented by planting everything under the sun, and pinot noir chose us, we didn’t chose it,” he said.

“It ripened more consistently than any other variety, and from that moment on we were in on the ground floor of what became the pinot noir phenomenon.

“Twenty-five years later I’m still looking ahead because we’re producing wines of such outstanding quality that fully reflect the uniqueness of Central Otago, its climate and soils.”

For Gibbston Valley Winery Le Maitre day 2012 was an especially proud event. Having Alan so involved is rightful recognition of his place as “Godfather” of the Central Otago wine industry.

We took the opportunity to pour the first tasting of Le Maitre 2011 – the stunning wine that many of the Wine Club members picked the year before. Congratulations to Robyn Clemments who won a double magnum of Le Maitre!

Nothing beats vine age!

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