Rusden Black Guts Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Classic Barossa Valley Shiraz, enduringly popular and the style made Barossa Shiraz a household name around the world. No shrinking violet, the Black Guts has weight and power, and the pedigree to age. Fruit driven in its youth, age gives way to coffee, mocha and spice, a nod to the clever woodwork in selecting the oak. The Black Guts is a regular at auction thanks to its loyal following of collectors.
Coming from 45 and 65 year old Shiraz vines, 2007 Black Guts Shiraz has intense notes of warm blackberry, anise, kirsch and black olives over nuances of green peppercorns, underbrush and cardamom. Full bodied but not to the extreme, the palate is rich and well fleshed with a solid backbone of very crisp acid and a medium level of very fine tannins. This is quite an elegant style with great balance and persistence. Approachable now, it should cellar to 2020+ 94 points, The Wine Advocate.
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.