Welcome to Hare’s Chase, Barossa Valley
From our hilltop winery at Marananga, we revel in commanding views of one of the world’s most exciting winemaking landscapes. A patchwork quilt of vineyards planted across an ever-changing tapestry of ancient soils.
Yielding wines of deep colour and great flavour concentration. Made from the ground up, expressing the special character of this remarkable place.
The Hare’s Chase vineyard covers approximately 14 hectares (35 acres) of vines separated into 12 distinct vineyard blocks, differentiated by different soil profiles, row orientations, elevation and topography.
The Hare’s Chase vineyard is predominately planted to Shiraz making up approximately ¾ of all plantings. Other grape varieties planted include Cabernet Sauvignon, Mataro (Mourvedre) and the Spanish grape variety Tempranillo. The average age of the vines is 20 years old.
The vines are spur pruned and low yielding, generally less than 2 tonnes per acre. Our vineyard philosophy is low intervention viticulture and we have implemented new practices to improve soil-vine health.
Our winemaking philosophy at Hare’s Chase is “To produce wines that are reflective of the region from where they are grown and the grape variety from which they are made.” The winemaking journey begins in the vineyard where our winemaker tastes the grapes within each of the vineyard blocks in the weeks leading up to harvest ensuring that the grapes are picked at optimal ripeness and flavour intensity. Grapes are handpicked in the early hours of the morning whilst they are cool and delivered to the winery for immediate processing. We have recently invested in "state of the art" grape sorting and processing equipment, including new five tonne open top fermenters with heading down boards and a new basket press, all to optimise wine quality. Our wines are matured predominately in 300 Litre American oak hogsheads. At the completion of barrel maturation, rigorous tasting and blending sessions are completed. The barrels are then racked and blended into their respective wines with no fining or filtration prior to bottling.
The Spanish grape variety is well suited to the Barossa Valley Climate. Grapes are sourced from our 1.2 hectare estate grown vines and handpicked at optimal flavour ripeness. De-stemmed and fermented in small batches with hand plunging three times a day for gentle extraction of colour flavour and tannis.