A Thirsty Job

Who does what at Hare's Chase?

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.

Who does what at Hare's Chase?
Where did you learn to make wines, Peter?

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.

So after 35 years you have built your ultimate boutique winery?

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.

So after 35 years you have built your ultimate boutique winery?

2013 Lepus

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.

2013 Marananga Shiraz

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!

2014 Tempranillo

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.