Wine Our Way
What makes them different when there are so many great Barossa wines? In simple terms, we make wines which are elegant not overt. We have fine-tuned a style which is less upfront than some other Barossa wines - more subtle and food friendly but still authentic Barossa with deep colour and concentration, richness and length. We are inspired by the wines of the Côte-Rôtie in France which have depth and complexity but are not syrupy or heavy.
Our wines complement rather than fight with robust, full flavoured foods. They have the right amount of tannin and acid to "cut through" meats which have some fat content, such as aged beef. But they are also elegant enough not to dominate the subtle flavours of game - kangaroo, quail, rabbit...and of course hare.
Certainly the uniqueness of the vineyard has a lot to do with it. The Marananga area is in the western Barossa, between Seppeltsfield and Tanunda and is becoming recognised as a little jewel in the region. We receive a little less rainfall than the east so the vines have to work a bit harder. The soils range from red clay over limestone to sandy loam and shallow topsoil over ironstone. This creates a unique flavour profile all our own.
We treat each vintage as a new challenge. The individual characteristics of the fruit each year determine our approach to cap management ie whether we plunge the "cap" of skins to get extra colour. It also influences temperature control, barrel fermentation and the length of skin maceration. If we didn't make them, we'd say they were stylish wines.
We'll be releasing our first super-premium Shiraz Lepus late this year. Lepus is the Latin genus name for the hare. It's also a constellation just south of the equator and is associated with Greek lunar mythology. It's a worthy name for one of the best Shiraz we've made. We are also excited about the Tempranillo we are producing - if the Shiraz is suited to hare then the Tempranillo is suited to quail and pheasant. We'd like to try a few other Spanish varieties. Our mix of varieties gives us the opportunity to make single variety wines if the season suits. So don’t be surprised by a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Mataro in the future.
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.