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2014 Vermilion Bird Shiraz CDFEST


Very different vintage conditions in 2014 have produced wonderfully intense, bright and concentrated fruit aromas and flavours in this wine. The fruit comes forward before even the brand new French oak which contained it for two and a half years. Once you see past the fruit, there’s a great tannin structure and ample acidity to bring it all together into a very intense, complex and long-lived Shiraz indeed.

An Elegant cool climate style with youthful purple hues, fresh dark fruit aromas and a tightly structured palate loaded with dark cherry and mulberry flavours. Needs more time! 5 Stars, Winestate Magazine.

Winestate 5 stars

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2019 Rusty Mutt GSM


Winestate review May/June 2021;

“Estery sweet strawberry and plum fragrances, a savoury style palate with earthy elements and bold tannins.” Rated 4 stars.

If McLaren Vale was located in France, I believe Grenache and blends would be what our ‘appelation’ makes! Grenache is perfectly suited to McLaren Vale with just the right climate to make full, ripe wine that still has structure and acidity to balance it. I enjoy seeing what each vintage brings, and my favourite day of the year is when I taste and decide the final blend.

The blend structure of the 2019 is as follows;

  • 59% Smart (Clarendon) Grenache
  • 33% Hillside (McLaren Flat) Shiraz
  • 8% Westside Mataro (Whites Valley)

2020 Rusty Mutt Viognier


Winestate Review May/June 2021

“Fresh lifted and not too oily with restrained floral/stonefruit nose and a nicely textured full-bodied palate with plavours of peaches. Needs time.” Rated 4 1/2 stars – TOP WINE IN CATEGORY

Also, this wine has won the following wineshow medals;

Bronze medal 2020 Adelaide Wine Show
Silver Medal 2020 McLaren Vale Wine Show
Silver Medal 2020 Alternate Variety Wine Show

I really love Viognier, and chose it as my ‘McLaren Vale White’ because it has all the flavour you could ever want in a white wine, with a lovely palate texture and weight. It’s genetically related very closely to Shiraz so it makes sense to grow it in McLaren Vale!

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