There are only a handful of wineries in Australia’s newly emerging Ferguson Valley and one of the most exciting is a tiny property called Ironcloud. This stunning vineyard of just 28 acres overlooking the pristine beaches of Geographe Bay was purchased by three friends in 1999. They specialise in making hand-crafted, small batch wines from a single vineyard that have wowed Australian wine drinkers but this is the first time their wines have reached the UK.
Ironcloud’s ocean-cooled single vineyard lies just a couple of hours south of Perth and is ideally suited to the Rhône’s famous trio of grapes
Thanks to James Halliday, who named Ironcloud one of his 10 Dark Horse wineries of 2018 and awarded it 5 stars, the wines are becoming increasingly sought after by those in the know
“A lithe and lacy wine driven by red fruits, cherry, raspberry, strawberry and rhubarb” 95pts (2016 vintage) James Halliday
Tasting note: Generously flavoured yet elegant and silky, it’s one of those wines that every time you take a sip you taste something new. First, the juicy cherry and raspberry fruit come to the fore, followed by delicate floral notes, with pepper, spice and savoury notes developing on the finish. Matured in French oak barrels for around 15 months, it has a softness of texture and glossy tannins that give it real finesse – a great match for duck, terrines and barbecued leg of lamb.