Grower - Craig Isbel

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Izway strives to make wines with energy, purity and integrity that reflect the place and vintage that the fruit was sourced from. Find out more about the people and vineyards which make these wines.  Izway wines was conceived on a handshake between two Aussie wine makers in a chateau in Beaujolais. Brian Conway and Craig Isbel met during vintage at Chateau de Bluizard in 2002 and after many nights drinking pastis they decided to start their own winery in the Barossa Valley. Craig got to work seeking out half a tonne of Ebenezer Shiraz from a mate, and this fruit was crafted into the first ‘’Bruce’’ in 2003, with just the one barrique made. Izway Wines has evolved slowly and organically from there.

In 2006 the guys bought 8 acres of land in the sub-region of Seppeltsfield which is on the western ridge of the Barossa. The property has 2 acres of Grenache planted in 1901 and 2 acres of Shiraz planted in 2000. Craig lives at the property and tends to the vineyards, growing the fruit organically.  Izway currently has plans to build a winery and cellar door on the property and hope it is functional for the 2014 vintage.

“Our wine making is simple and minimalistic and is based on old world, hands on techniques. We start our ferments naturally and then inoculate with cultured yeast towards the end of ferment. We limit our acid additions as much as possible, we rarely use nutrient, never use tannin or any other additions and we never fine or filter our wines. We use all old oak (apart from 2 barrels a year) and age some of our wine in large oak Fudre (2.4kL). We also use some whole bunch winemaking with Grenache and Mataro and only destem (we don’t crush) our Shiraz.

We both love the purity and energy of natural wines and these are the styles that we are emulating. We would like to think our wines are a true expression of the terroir from which they are sourced and all of our winemaking philosophies are based around expressing terroir as truly as possible.” Craig Isbel

Region: Barossa Valley, SA
Country: Australia