Take a trip back to the early 1970s to the area that came to be known as Rusden; 80 year old Grenache and Shiraz bush vines were pushed out to make way for mechanized grape production. At the direction of the large companies at the time, the cleared land was replanted with high yielding white varieties to fulfill demand in the bulk market. Twenty years later, out of respect and as a tribute to the hard work and wisdom of the early German pioneers who planted the bush vines, the Canute's spent many late spring months, grafting the twenty-five year old vines back to their original varieties.
2010 was one of the lowest yielding Grenache vintages in history. This makes for a fruit driven style, balanced with some real lifted spice that Rusden's Grenache is famous for. The Shiraz adds white pepper on the nose and sweetness on the palate, while the Mataró component adds some rich, gamey complexity.
- Region: Barossa Valley
- Varietal: 42% Grenache - 41% Shiraz - 17% Mataró
- Vintage: 2010
- Vineyard: Rusden Vineyard
- Production: 1,300 cases
With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of South Australia and, indeed, Australia. The region is now rightly asserting not only its importance to the wine industry but the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. Learn More »
Rusden is one of the success stories of the new Barossa. Dennis and Christine Canute purchased 40 acres of rather run-down vineyard back in 1979. Dennis carried on his day job as a teacher to give Christine, who was a fifth generation grape grower, the opportunity and funds to begin the work of rejuvenating the vines. Learn More »
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