David Lowe wins battle for family winery
At 3.10pm last Friday, April 20, embattled Mudgee winemaker David Lowe finally exchanged contracts and achieved a settlement on the re-financing of Lowe Wines, which had been in receivership.
He had been locked out of the winery since the business was placed in receivership on April 3, following the souring of the relationship between Lowe and his financial partner.Until then, he had been locked out of the winery since the business was placed in receivership on April 3, following the souring of the relationship between Lowe and his financial partner. During that period, Lowe’s winemakers were not allowed to so much as take him samples to taste. “It’s very frustrating, especially at this time of year (immediately following the vintage),” he told me the previous day.
The Zin House restaurant, run by Lowe’s wife, chef Kim Currie, is a separate business and had continued to trade as normal.
Supporters rallied around the Lowes after Kim Currie posted the story of the receivership on Facebook. The required finance was quickly raised, although a crowd-funding effort that was begun did not reach its target and the money will be refunded.
Lowe praised his two French winemakers who carried on working without him.
“Paul Martung is from Bordeaux, he’s ex-Chateau Smith-Haut Lafitte, has been with us nine months and has worked three vintages in Australia, mainly with Will Rikard-Bell in Orange. And our assistant winemaker is Clement Prelat, who is a biodynamic specialist for both the winery and vineyard.”