Wines By Rusden

Rusden

Rusden

Custodians of the Land
  • More than 40 years of dedication to quality
  • The oldest Zinfandel planted in Australia
  • Vines over 50 & 80 years old

Hidden gem, lucky find, secret weapon... whatever you call this unassuming family-owned and run vineyard, it is brilliant. From 'hobby farm' in 1979 to the quiet powerhouse it is today, Rusden has a small and faithful, almost fanatical, following. Not surprising, given the family's heritage (founder and mother Christine is a 6th generation grape grower) and how they see it as their solemn duty to be custodians of the land for now and future generations.

This ethos is responsible for their remarkable plantings. Rusden boasts vines up to over 80 years old, and is one of the few to commercially produce from pre-phylloxera rootstock (Barossa Valley is among the few regions worldwide to be phylloxera free). Their Zinfandel plants are some of the oldest anywhere in the world.

Now fully in the hands of son & winemaker Christian Canute, who earned his stripes working with renowned names such as the fabled Rockford, Rusden continues its path forward, producing traditional wines that are undeniably good - powerful but restrained, honest expressions of the vintage - whilst forging ahead and breaking new ground.


 

The Spot

Vine Vale, on the valley floor, is blessed with an ideally reliable climate for grape growing.

The Dirt

Deep white sand over red clay ensures versatility and consistency.

The Fruit

From old vines rejuvenated over the course of 20-odd years, they are the driving force in all their wines.

The Art

Incorporating the banner of 'Traditional Winemakers' means utmost respect for terroir and a gentle touch.

Wines by Rusden

Rusden Chookshed 2016

Zinfandel / Primitivo
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
15.4 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 167.00
   LIMITED (8 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, full-bodied, acidic, tannin medium-plus, very long finish
~ Be warned, this is a big wine. One for the true believers!

Rusden Christine's Vineyard 2017

Grenache / Garnacha
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
14.7 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 160.00
   LIMITED (20 remaining) 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, body medium-plus, acidic, medium tannin, long finish
~ Cherry, spice & floral notes. Light on its feet, but beautifully poised

Rusden Driftsand 2017

Cinsault ,  Grenache / Garnacha ,  Mouverdre / Mataro / Monastrell ,  Shiraz / Syrah
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
14.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 93.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, body medium-plus, high acidity, slightly tannic, long finish
~ There's a lot going on here. Punches way above its weight

Rusden Good Shepherd 2017

Malbec
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
13.1 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 135.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, full-bodied, acidic, medium tannin, long finish
~ Insane drinkability, yet with complexity to keep things interesting

Rusden Poco Loco 2018

Cinsault ,  Grenache / Garnacha ,  Mouverdre / Mataro / Monastrell ,  Ugni Blanc
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
12.7 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 93.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Off-dry, body medium-plus, high acidity, very low tannin, finish medium-plus
~ Bright & fruity thirst-quencher; don't be fooled by the quirky name, this is a proper rosé

Rusden Ripper Creek 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon ,  Shiraz / Syrah
Rusden, Barossa Valley, South Australia (Australia)
14.5 % ABV (750 ml)
RM 108.00
   IN STOCK 
  • Sweetness
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Tannins
  • Finish

Dry, full-bodied, acidic, medium tannin, long finish
~ Faultless version of a classic Aussie blend & a great all rounder!