If you’ve heard of this one you are doing well. Lowboi wines from the Great Southern region and town of Porongurup in the deep southwest of Western Australia is one of the newest and most exciting wine brands out there. Established in 2017 and producing a mere 500 dozen per year from a few hectares, they’ve hardly made it out of the west coast… though we’ve been following them from day one.
The vineyard and winery is the small side hustle of Guy Lyons and his young family. Guy is one of the most talented and ambitious young winemakers in the country. His day job is making the wines and manages the business of the nearby historical Forest Hill winery owned by his parents. Lowboi and its Australiana label allows him a bit more freedom to push the limits, though still expressing his classically trained skills with pure, varietal, aromatic wines. It is from a small vineyard he purchased recently, though that was planted in 1985.
Guy has worked in Europe with some of the kings of artisan wine. He has trained with the Gonon brothers in St. Joseph France, masters of Syrah, on all collectors hitlists and a reference for the elegant and perfumed French style. On the white side, he has worked and learnt from the Keller family in the Rheinhessen, who now produce some of the worlds most powerful (and expensive Riesling). An equal star among collectors. Guy’s attitude of expressing vineyard and variety whilst harnessing power and length is influenced from producers like Gonon and Keller. We think he will be held at a similar status here in the future and is a producer to watch.
Riesling is the calling card of this region, and we find ourselves reaching for Great Southern more often than more well-known South Australian’s these days. It’s a hard, rocky, baron, cool climate that is well suited to the variety. The wines are aromatic, floral, limey and salty with concentration and texture but loaded with acid that will see them go beyond ten years. However, we plan to keep this one in the fridge this summer and serve at lunchtime with oysters and grilled fish with lemon.
Stocks are limited on this and they are ready to go now. A great, boutique Aussie white to have on hand for the long summer ahead.