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RUSDEN Chookshed 2004

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RUSDEN Chookshed 2004

RUSDEN Chookshed Zinfandel, Barossa Valley
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RUSDEN Chookshed Zinfandel, Barossa Valley
  • Style: Red
  • Vintage: 2004
  • Region: Barossa Valley
  • Code: RCZ
  • Varietal: Zinfandel
  • Country: Australia

Region Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley 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

Barossa Valley

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.
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Winery RUSDEN

Langton’s Selections Rusden Black Guts Shiraz Rusden is one of the big micro names in the Barossa. The 40 acre Vine Vale Vineyard, on white sand over red clay, was purchased by fifth generation grape grower Christine and teacher Dennis Canute in 1979 as a hobby farm. The fruit was sold off to wineries. The Rusden story begins in 1992 when a barrel of Cabernet was made for personal consumption. By 1997 Rusden was making around 5 barrels of wine based on Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. A chance meeting between son Christian Canute and Dan Phillips – a US importer with strong connections with Robert Parker Jr. – led to the sale of 11 cases of wine and the first of many king-hitting reviews from the wine advocate. This almost overnight success immediately encouraged the Canutes to renovate their vineyard back from a 'machine-deathbed' to a more hand intensive and traditional method of cultivation. Rusden has established a good following for their seductively ripe a
Langton’s Selections Rusden Black Guts Shiraz Rusden is one of the big micro names in the Barossa. The 40 acre Vine Vale Vineyard, on white sand over red clay, was purchased by fifth generation grape grower Christine and teacher Dennis Canute in 1979 as a hobby farm. The fruit was sold off to wineries. The Rusden story begins in 1992 when a barrel of Cabernet was made for personal consumption. By 1997 Rusden was making around 5 barrels of wine based on Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. A chance meeting between son Christian Canute and Dan Phillips – a US importer with strong connections with Robert Parker Jr. – led to the sale of 11 cases of wine and the first of many king-hitting reviews from the wine advocate. This almost overnight success immediately encouraged the Canutes to renovate their vineyard back from a 'machine-deathbed' to a more hand intensive and traditional method of cultivation. Rusden has established a good following for their seductively ripe and well concentrated wines. The Black Guts Shiraz is particularly well received by the secondary wine market achieving solid values and excellent volume of demand. The Chookshed Zinfandel and Boundaries Cabernet Sauvignon occasionally come onto the market. Rusden is not really mainstream, but it has an interesting cult-type following. Further it possesses all the ingredients for long term success. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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