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.
Coby Ladwig grew up in Denmark, Western Australia and was often seen as a youngster playing in the vineyards where his mother worked after school. It was only a matter of time before Coby joined the wine industry.
Following his graduation from Curtin University in Perth in 2002, he returned to his hometown with his sights set firmly on realising the potential of Denmark as a producer of outstanding wine. To learn more about the making of world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Coby spent the 2005 vintage working as a winemaker in Burgundy.
Coby passionately believes that the cool climate of the Great Southern region has the potential to make exceptional wines that can compete with the best in the world and he is committed to the philosophy of identifying the best sites and sub-regions for each varietal to make exceptional single vineyard wines.
Coby was recently named as a finalist in the Wine Society's Young Winemaker of the Year Awards. Now in its 12th year, The Wine Society 'Young Wine Maker of the Year' event has become nationally regarded as recognizing the most significant achievements of the young Winemakers of Australia and New Zealand.