Three lifelong friends and business partners, Warwick Lavis, Geoff and Karyn Cross strengthened their alliance in 2003 with the purchase of a vineyard which is now named Ironcloud.
Ironcloud Estate (formerly Pepperilly Estate) is situated in the picturesque Ferguson Valley, in the hills of the Geographe Wine Region, overlooking Geographe Bay.
Our vines were planted in 1999 in highly prized red gravelly loam soils. Our Estate comprises of a single vineyard with 28 acres under vine comprising hand-tended Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Viognier. The vines are planted north to south on gently sloping hillsides to optimise their growing conditions.
West Australian Peppermint Trees line the Henty Brook, the natural water source for our vineyard. For the birds that gather in their shade, the abundant summer 'pepper' berries provide a welcome distraction from the fruit on the vines.
At Ironcloud we aim to produce wines that capture a unique sense of terroir in every bottle and draw inspiration from the great wines of the world. Our winemaking philosophy is to make the best possible wine from the finest grapes.
In its short history, Ironcloud has won numerous Australian and International awards and received strong praise from respected Australian wine writers.
After laying strong foundations in our first decade, the next decade is shaping up as a transformational one. We're excited and look forward to sharing the experience with you.
West Australian Peppermint Trees line the Henty Brook, the natural water source for our vineyard.
Michael Ng was born in 1978 in a farming village in the Guangdong Province of China. He moved to Sri Lanka in 1986 when his father was offered a role as head chef, developing a Chinese Restaurant chain in Colombo. Michael believes that's when he first found his passion for food. In 1991 Michael's family moved to Melbourne and opened a little restaurant where Michael worked after school.
Michael completed a Bachelor of Information Systems (Hons), but never lost his passion for food. During his years at university, sharing wine with friends over assignments, he also began to develop a love of wine. In 2003 Michael decided to pursue this passion, enrolling in a Bachelor of Viticultural Science and Winemaking at La Trobe University in Melbourne, receiving a viticulture cadetship the year after with Southcorp. 2004 was also the year that Michael made his first wine, a Shiraz made in his garage, and from that point on his focus became winemaking.
After graduating he worked vintages in Turkey, New Zealand and Western Australia. After the 2008 vintage, his love of wine led him to move to St-Emillion, France. He returned not long after, however, when he received a request to become assistant winemaker at one of the oldest cool climate vineyards in Western Australia. Michael has since grown exponentially as a winemaker and is now proud to hold the title of Senior Winemaker at the award winning Ironcloud Wines.