Land that was once a High Country sheep station is now a flourishing vineyard. Sheep and Rabbits coexisted on the land for some time but the sheep couldn’t keep up with the nocturnal activity of the rabbits and were hopelessly outnumbered – they were driven off the land and were last seen heading north. The owner of the Rabbit Ranch – Mr Mc Gregor tried a number of measures to rid the land of the rabbits at the turn of the century, but was unsuccessful. In the end he decided to plant some vines and make wine. The vineyard fell into decline after the second world war until direct descendants of Mr McGregor – Warren and Betty McGregor decided to replant the vineyard, and as they say – the rest is history… Rabbits still run wild on the vineyard and fuelled by high altitude Pinot grapes, some are reputed to be the size of ponies – but that could be another tall story… Rabbit Ranch is a collaborative venture, formed by a group of vineyards that were all individually once part of a Central Otago sheep station. Banding together to form Rabbit Ranch, they have enlisted the help of Chard Farm as a production partner, and secured the services of John Wallace, Chard Farm’s winemaker.
Pale straw colour with citrus hue. As soon as you lift the glass this wine will literally leap into your senses like the startled rabbit it is. It is bounding with fresh fruit aromas and flavours of the vegetable garden, apples, pears and honeysuckle. This wine is a veritable smorgasbord of tastes. A mineral acidity backbone and an off dry finish that gives the wine a delicious structure and refreshing style. Apparently it is the energizer bunny’s favourite tipple.