Families feature strongly in the story of Kalgan River. Established by the Ciprian family in 2000 and purchased by the Fowler family in 2011, the father and son team of Cliff and Corey have nurtured these vines through the years. Cliff and Corey are sensitive, hands-on viticulturists, who work in partnership with nature. The vines are dry grown on their own roots in these special soils. The winemaking involves respectful and meticulous care of the fruit, ensuring Kalgan River remains a place where nature provides and man guides.
Located to the east of Albany, this estate is a hidden gem. The property is found in extraordinary country at the extreme end of the Porongurup Ranges, on the left flank of the Kalgan River.
The vines are less than 20kms from the chilly waters of the Southern Ocean that brings cooling summer breezes, slowing the ripening of the grapes and increasing intense flavour development.
Where did the name for the IronRock label come from?
The IronRock label is named after the rocky beds in which our old vines grow and flourish – a vineyard that reflects the true essence of terroir. It is an ancient land where gneiss and granite formed an undulating base over the whole site and the deep weathering by the Kalgan River has helped produce these incredible and unique soils. A handful of Kalgan soil is a handful of an historic landscape, black pea granite overlying black gravelly loams. Even to the novice eye there is something extraordinary about the texture and unique blackness.