Vintage 2015 was characterised by a long dry period, a relatively cool summer finishing with a very hot February.
Flowering was very early and so because of this, we encountered variable weather conditions culminating in lower berry set and hence lower crops than average.
Autumn returned fantastic weather with temps more like average to below and very low rainfall until the break around Easter in early April.
It was one of the earliest vintages in living memory, we have not had an earlier one in our 20 years at Hare's Chase.
Fruit quality was mixed throughout the region, with the early ripening Shiraz a stand out. This was a benefit to us as we are regularly one of the earliest ripening vineyards in the Barossa.
Overall our alcohols are higher than usual because we had to leave the grapes on the vine to attain physiological maturity before harvesting.
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.
A beautiful dense colour, with scented blackberry aromas. The palate is pure and bright, again in the black fruit spectrum, and the palate is open and opulent, as well as soft and gentle. The tannins are perfectly ripe and papery. Although it is approachable now, cellaring is recommended and the patient will most certainly be rewarded. Expertly made using fruit with outstanding integrity.
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.