Since 1988 I have been receiving international acclaim as an appointed specialist winemaker for wines I have made for my customers, however I knew the day would come when the desire for creating my own wines of distinction would need to be satisfied.
A French word meaning ‘greyhound’, my Lévrier Collection defines my love of winemaking and advocacy for my adopted greyhounds. Constant companions in my life, these majestic animals have inspired many an artist throughout our rich history.
Personally selecting single vineyard fruit from dedicated Barossa and Eden Valley growers, combined with specifically coopered new French oak barrels allows me the honour of creating luxurious Lévrier wines for you.
Meet the maker
Tell me your story – what got you involved in wine making?
My winemaking career began from a very early age. My father, James Irvine is known as the “Master Merlot Maker” and from the age of seven I followed him around the winery, undertaking the ritual tasting of ferments and wine blending. After leaving school, instead of following the natural path into winemaking, I studied to become a nurse. My career as an operating theatre nurse spanned almost two decades, until I had what I refer to as a “mid-life crisis” and decided to follow my passion to become a winemaker.
Tell us one thing that makes your own wines so special?
Great wines are created by synergy and attention to detail both in the vineyard and in the winery” and I am passionate about the quality of the wines that I produce
What’s your favourite wine from your own range that you’d recommend our visitors trying at the Good Food & Wine Show?
All of them
If you could only drink one wine for the rest of your life, (hard one, we know!) what would that be and what food would you pair it with?
Zinfandel – goes with anything