Brian and Michelle Lowrie found a vineyard in the beautiful but seldom visited Upper Chapman Valley district of Margaret River in 2000. It had 2.7ha of cabernet sauvignon believed to have been planted in 1976, and 5ha of semillon and sauvignon blanc planted in the early '80s. Until '10 the grapes were sold, but in that year the semillon and sauvignon blanc were vinified for Ibizan Wines, and had immediate and significant show success. The name, incidentally, comes from the two red cloud kelpies who have faithfully kept company with Brian and Michelle in the vineyard over the years. They resemble the Egyptian Ibizan hounds who looked after the pharaohs, hence the Egyptian eye on the striking labels.
Ibizan is located in the south of the Margaret River Wine Region, approximately 280 kms south of Perth. An area known for its wine, pristine white sandy beaches, spectacular coastline and amazing surf.
Ibizan was purchased by Brian and Michelle Lowrie in 2000. In 2010 they launched their first vintage with their Semillon Sauvignon Blanc and achieved immediate success winning two gold medals and tieing for a Trophy in the Margaret River Wine Show.
Ibizan is surrounded by majestic forests and enjoys a maritime climate. The land was developed during the early 1920’s by the group settlers who worked the harsh wooded terrain clearing the tall timbers using axes and hand saws to make way for farmland. They grazed sheep and cattle and grew crops; their endeavours opening up the Margaret River Region that we know today.
Sustainability is Michelle & Brian's key focus, with minimal intervention in the vineyard, they value healthy soils and balanced vines and work with their environment, grazing sheep in the vineyards to keep the weeds at bay and using only organic fertilisers.
They have 33 hectares of land with 8 hectares under vine. The Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in the early 90’s and the Cabernet Sauvignon was planted in 1978.
Our wines are not available 'everywhere', and are not available at the large chain retailers, only at independent wine retailers, restaurants or purchase direct.
“We let the fruit do the talking”, creating wine with intense flavours, natural acidity and elegance. Our winemaker Bruce Duke's approach is minimal intervention, picking the fruit when it is “flavour” ripe and not “sugar” ripe, to produce beautifully balanced wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.
We are too small to staff a Cellar Door so please give us a call - we would be delighted to enjoy a glass of our wine with you.
West Coast Wine Cellars
M: 0415 324938
T: +61 8 9446 3565
F: +61 8 9446 2545
M: 0418 882 336
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M: 0419 686 951
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Naturaliste Vintners - Bruce Dukes and Remi Guise
PO Box 1525, Margaret River, WA, 6285
(+61) 0427 575 044