2016 Shiraz/Cabernet 'Ripper Creek'Rusden
In 1979 Christine and Dennis Canute purchased 40 acres of run-down vineyard on the white sand over clay country in the heart of the Barossa. Grapes were not a precious commodity at the time, but the idea of a “hobby farm,” with room for the kids to run, seemed adventurous and was to become a serious labour of love. Dennis continued his profession as a teacher to provide the funds for Chris(tine), a 5th generation Barossa grape grower, to slowly rejuvenate the old vineyard.
Always believing in the quality of the fruit we grew (and not being able to afford a decent bottle of red) Dennis, with friend Russell, decided to make a barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon. It was good enough for our own consumption and enjoyment. It was good enough to put a label on so we came up with the name RUSDEN (the shortened forms of Russell and Dennis). That was 1992.
The annual crush is now 80- 100 tonnes for the Rusden label. All fruit is sourced from our own vineyard and all wines are made on-site. Rusden is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery, determined to produce only top quality hand-made wines.
Lovely bouquet, with rich fruit characters, black berry, plum, some liquorice and herb rub. The palate is seamless with pure fruit characters, spice, vanilla, chocolate and cedary tannin. A great all rounder… approachable now but will easily cellar for 8-10 years.
Barossa Valley, SA