2013 Lepus

The 2012 - 2013 growing season was the fifth driest in the Barossa Valley over the last 100 years. Winter rainfall was well below average and so when the buds started to burst and the vines needed sub soil moisture to grow there was very little available.

We only have limited water for irrigation in Marananga, so we rely heavily on the vines well-established root systems. This helped them withstand the drought and the occasional hot day during summer, to produce a low yielding crop of nice tight bunches with small berries – perfect for depth of colour and intensity of flavour.

It is years like this where you have to hold your nerve, put away the Baume hydrometer and walk the vineyard every day tasting the grapes. After a dry, warm summer the sugar levels often increase rapidly – in fact in March 2013 this Shiraz was crying out to be picked two weeks early. But experience told us to hang on and wait for flavour ripeness, which paid off with better colour and extract and none of those hard, green tannins you can find in wines that are picked prematurely.

A proud and satisfying end to a challenging year.

Tasting Notes

Colour

Dense, rich, mulberry red with a sumptuous, glass-coating texture.

Nose

Bright Shiraz aromas of black currant, blackberry and plum-fruitcake balanced with subtle hints of lightly charred French Oak.

Palate

Loads of absorbing, intense black fruit flavours up front with a tight, juicy tannin structure that promises a long and satisfying evolution over the next ten to fifteen years. A full, rich mouthful with a long lingering finish, this is the quintessential expression of our finest Marananga vineyard.

Winemaking

Picked at 14.2 Baume from our most northerly block of heavy red soil at Marananga. Fermented in our four tonne open fermenter, plunged, then racked and returned gently before spending three weeks on skins. We selected the most outstanding wine from the ferment and siphoned it to two hogsheads and two barriques, all French oak.

Racked individually by gravity during maturation and bottled after 20 months.

Reviews

The second vintage of this flagship wine from the best-performing vines of the vineyard, 3 weeks on skins, matured in French oak (75% new), racked by gravity using a syphon. This is an outstanding shiraz, making its mark from the first whiff of the bouquet (and colour). Black fruits, fine tannins and oak move tightly together on a choreographed dance that weaves its way across a palate which miraculously is no more than medium-bodied. To say the wine is graceful does it scant justice, as does the mention of spice and licorice coupled with black cherry fruits
98 points.

James Halliday - 2016 Wine Companion

 

From the Marananga region of the Barossa Valley this single vineyard red shows rich dark berry fruit on the nose and palate, with a touch of vanilla oak and fine, firm tannins on the finish. It's still a baby, and will take several years in bottle, but you could try it now with game such as venison, kangaroo or hare.
94 points.

Mike Frost - Courier Mail, Brisbane

 

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.

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