Rusden’s roots stretch back to the first families that settled the Barossa Valley. 

“Rusden is not really mainstream, but it has an interested cult-type following. Further, it possesses all the ingredients for long term success.”
Andrew Caillard MW, Langtons

The Rusden Vineyard is on the eastern side of the valley in the sub-region of Vine Vale, where the Canute family grow, make and sell stunning wines drawing on the knowledge passed down over 8 generations.  Rusden’s philosophy incorporates the old Independent Vignerons banner of “Traditional Winemakers” where respect for terroir is paramount.  Rusden work and harvest their own vineyards to ensure that traditional viticultural practises are kept alive.  The vineyard and winery is 100% family owned and the wines made on-site. 

Christian Canute has over 18 years of winemaking experience including international exposure and stints at some of the most highly regarded wineries in the nation.  In 1997 he made the decision to take on the wine making responsibilities for the family business.  A strong believer in tradition, Christian’s winemaking philosophies include: hand picking, gentle de-stemming, open air fermentation, basket pressing and ageing in a blend of new and old French and American Oak.  His aim is to “make wines that refine the power of Barossa fruit, yet highlight the floral aromatics and spice characters so evident in wines made from grapes grown in Vine Vale’s sandy soil”.

Rusden ‘Black Guts’ Shiraz 2014

The two blocks on the Rusden vineyard that produce the fruit for the Black Guts have both been through gradual rejuvenation over a period of 20 or more years.  Nurturing an 80 year old and 50 year old vineyard back to consistent quality production has been a real joy (and a lot of hard work).

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Rusden ‘Chookshed’ Zinfandel 2015

Winemaker’s comments: “A sensory overload of aniseed, Mum’s dried fruits, blackcurrant, cedar, ash and raisin, followed by a tsunami of layered fruit and spice with incredible richness and density.  For any Zin lover, this is one for the ages.  A wine full of power and precision that dances so gracefully across the canvas at the same time.  2015 gave us…

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Rusden ‘Christian’ Chenin Blanc 2016

Chenin Blanc.  Hand Picked.  Basket Pressed.  Barrel fermented and matured in French oak.

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Rusden ‘Christine’s Vineyard’ Grenache 2015

Winemaker’s comments: “Mum’s block of Grenache carried a low crop in 2015 which was a real blessing come the end of April when the beautiful weather we had all vintage took a turn for the worst early and forced my hand into getting the grapes into the vintage shed.  It proved to be a good move, because winter started early and…

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Rusden ‘Driftsand’ Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2014

“(…).  Ridiculously good for the price.” Windsor Dobbin, Ciao Magazine, November 2016

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Rusden ‘Good Shepherd’ Malbec 2015

Winemaker’s comments: “The Malbec came in a bit riper (14.5%) than previous seasons so I decided to hang it out there in all its glory.  It’s the best crop of Malbec I’ve seen from these vines so we’ve bottled this 100% Malbec, that’s like a slice of blueberry pie with cardamom pods and spice on the nose.  It displays a…

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Rusden ‘Poco Loco’ Rosé 2016

Winemaker’s comments: “Brighter pink and apricot tones are on display with the 2016 Rosé.  A slightly sweeter example this year is measured by bright acidity keeping the wine focused.  Peach, strawberries and cream, with hints of spice.  This a great thirst quencher for summer.” Christian Canute  

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