Having worked for a premium wine producer for nearly twenty years, I have come to some realisations about good wine. You need the best grapes, you need knowledge and experience, you need patience and you need time. Truly great wines do not come from a factory then sold through a supermarket. They come from people, at a place, with passion. They come from the one on one time spent with the wine as it is forming, and understanding it’s uniqueness and how to bring out its full potential.Finding these unique gems amongst the quartz has certainly been a very rewarding experience for me, and it is a great thing for the local wine industry. There is so much more to wine than what is on offer at your large chain discount wine shop. I hope that I can offer you a unique wine experience that may perhaps change the way you think about it.Wine created in what can only be described as a factory, made on a massive scale, without the attention, dedication and passion it deserves, in my mind does not have a soul. Add that close personal contact, that story surrounding it, the passionate people involved with it and the time for it to develop and grow and you have… Rusty Mutt, a wine with a soul.
Currently I am specialising in McLaren Vale Shiraz. A lot of effort is put into sourcing fruit and ensuring the vineyard expression comes through in the wine. No new oak is used and I like to use a combination of puncheons and hogsheads, both French and American oak. The wine is matured for a couple of years prior to bottling.
Our Wiinemaker is Scott Heidrich, currently working for a reputable producer in the McLaren Vale region. Probably his most notable award is winning of the Jimmy Watson trophy.
We love working with McLaren Vale Shiraz. The wines can just be so incredible, and it is certainly one of the best varieties for the McLaren Vale region. We are looking to add Grenache and perhaps Tempranillo into the equation in the near future.
Winestate Magazine Worlds Greatest Shiraz Challenge, awarded 3 1/2 stars. Will be reviewed in Sept/Oct edition.