A Thirsty Job
We all do a bit of everything. But overall Mike keeps the show on the road - business management, vineyards, marketing - while Peter makes the wine. Both of our families are pretty hands on at vintage - picking, crushing, cap plunging, barrel filling. It's a thirsty job.
I've had a long apprenticeship - I started as a cellar hand at Chateau Tanunda in 1976. I graduated from Roseworthy in 1977 and worked in several wine companies before winning the job as Senior Red Winemaker at Penfolds. Working on great wines like Grange and St Henri and Bin 707 taught me a lot about vineyards and fruit selection and winemaking and barrels. I'm now Director of Wine Production for the Treasury Group (which includes Penfolds) so I don't get my hands dirty as much any more. That's one of the reasons we started Hare's Chase.
Yes, I had fun choosing state of the art crushing and de-stemming equipment, small stainless steel tanks to ensure we can ferment different parcels and some beautiful D&J French barrique barrels - as well as the best American oak from local cooperage A.P. Johns. It's the sort of thing winemakers get excited about.
Every so often our Marananga vineyard is blessed with a season where the winemaking stars align.
A year for perfect fruit maturation, the Lepus is the pick of the crop from the outstanding 2013 vintage.
The 2013 Ironscraper is a wine that suits its name. Deep crimson in colour its special personality is its length and grip – helped along with an almost imperceptible touch of Barossa Cabernet.
A complex and elegant Marananga Shiraz, finessed with a touch of American Oak.
With the concentration and fruit definition to complement robust red meats - even hare if you’re game!
Layered Mediterranean freshness and fruit flavours - quinces and pomegranates and cherries.
A stylish, medium bodied red, brilliant with succulent charcoal grilled quail or a lazy afternoon Tapas.