Rusden Wines

Rusden is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery, determined to produce only top quality hand-made wines. In 1979 Dennis and Christine Canute purchased an old run down vineyard in the heart of the Barossa and proceeded to nurture it back to its old glory. Christine is a fifth generation Barossa grape grower and is the viticulturist at the estate. She tends to 40 acres of magnificent 80 plus year old Grenache, Mataro, and Shiraz bush vines planted on sandy soils. According to their son Christian, once known as "the wild man of the Barossa", Christine runs the show at Rusden. At first they sold most of their grapes. Eventually they decided to keep some for themselves and start making wine. In 1997 after a long stint under the tutelage of Chris Ringland at Rockford, Christian inherited the winemaking responsibility. Christian believes in minimal intervention in the winemaking process. The grapes are hand harvested, fermented in open top fermenters, and basket pressed. Production is limited, with their top wines garnering great press, selling out swiftly, at impressive prices.

Driftsand

42% Grenache, 41% Shiraz, 17% Mataró. This GSM was crafted from 25 year old vines grafted to these traditional varieties. The grapes were hand harvested, fermented in open top fermenters, and basket pressed. The wine displays lifted spices, white pepper, red fruits and sweet tannins.

Reviews:

2010 Wine Advocate 91 Points

Price: Fl $264, 2cs $240
 
Black Guts Shiraz

The Rusden Vineyard is nestled on the deep Vine Vale sand in the foothills below the eastern Barossa Ranges. The early pioneers carved this area out of cypress, blue gum and wattle woodland, once know as Bethany Sandscrub. Our old vines are traditionally cared for and hand tended to ensure their longevity and benefit for future generations. A minimalist approach to winemaking results in an honest representation of the variety. This is a New World wine made in an Old World style to produce a fruit driven wine with dimension, character and balance.

Reviews:

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
eRobertParker.com # 199 (Feb 2012)
Rating: 95
Drink 2012 - 2021
Cost: $115
Deep garnet with a hint of purple in the color, the 2009 Black Guts Shiraz reveals aromas of warm black fruits, cassis and crushed blueberries with underlying nuances of Mediterranean herbs, black pepper, tar and salami. Very full bodied with a generous amount of layered warm black fruit and savory flavors, it is well structured with a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2021+
2009 wine Advocate 93 Points

Price: (6pk) Fl $520, 2cs $480
 
The Good Shepherd Cabernet Malbec

Influenced by icon Cab Malbec blends produced at Wendouree Cellars and Leasingham, Rusden planted Malbec vineyards and released the first vintage of the Good Shepherd in 2009. The blend has 40% Malbec and sees no new oak. The resulting wine has a blueberry lift, balanced with an aromas and flavors of mint and thyme, finishing with soft silky tannins and wonderful length.

Reviews:

2011 Good Shepard Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec Barossa Valley($45) (a 72/28 blend): Deep ruby. Fresh boysenberry, vanilla and spicecake aromas, with hints of succulent herbs and lavender in the background. On the palate, tangy dark berry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by deeper notes of chewing tobacco and licorice, with a touch of dill coming out with air. Closes supple and long, with lingering spiciness and gently firming tannins. 90 Josh Raynolds - Tanzer
2010 Wine Advocate 91 Points

Price: Fl $440, 2cs $400