Named after a dazzling southern constellation, Lepus is a richly-fruited brooding Shiraz style with deep-set plum and hints of dark chocolate. The icon wine of cult Barossa producer Hare’s Chase, Lepus is immensely structured with impressive concentration and power. Bold yet balanced. One to chase.
The second vintage (the first 2010) of this flagship wine from the best-performing vines of the vineyard, three weeks on skins, matured in French oak (75% new), racked by gravity using a siphon. 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, Wine Companion.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.