2013 was the fifth driest growing season in the Barossa Valley over the last 100 years.
Winter rainfall was well below average and so when the buds started to break and the vines needed water to grow there was very little available. Notwithstanding this our vines withstood the drought and the occasional hot day, to produce some really good looking bunches of grapes. Admittedly the crop was not large, a natural consequence of such a dry year and the berries were not big but this set us up for some really intensely flavoured wines.
This first release coincides with our younger vineyards coming of age, they are now mature and balanced and are producing consistent quality. This has enabled us to make a wine that we are confident will satisfy devotees of Barossa Shiraz.
We have incorporated a small percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon from our vineyard which gives the palate a little more length, although this would be imperceptible to most.
Deep Brick Red.
A touch of savoury background with hints of cedar frame some lovely mulberry fruit.
Cranberries and Mulberries are the dominant fruit flavours in this amalgam of spice and fruit. The wine has good structure which holds the soft rich middle palate in place.
Dark, brooding colour and a palate to match. This is thick and grunty with asphalt, tar and liquid (dark) chocolate oozing slowly through the mouth. So chunky with flavour, you could carve it. It's well done, too.
James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion
Full flavoured, generous Barossa red wine here, but the execution feels like some notable elegance and balance is at play. Scents of warm strawberries, red currants, nougat... flavours that feel rich but contained, dragging long in the palate.
A beautiful expression of Barossa shiraz where the energy of the fruit has been promoted and preserved. The nose is alluring and complex with gentle spiced plum, faint savouriness and a little milk chocolate. The palate is a mix of vibrant, succulent fruit, subtle spice and a little roasted meat. The wine has lovely balance, and it progresses with purpose and grace. Although the palate is beginning to loosen and expand, it will still benefit from further time in the cellar
Toni Paterson - therealreview.com
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.