Our original Shiraz called the “Rusty Mutt”, named for Scott Heidrich, owner and Winemaker. Scott was born in the year of the Metal Dog (hence Rusty Mutt) in Chinese Astrology. A great deal of personality finds its way into the wine from the Winemaker so we thought the name should reflect this. The wine is made from a selection of vineyards from different subregions in McLaren Vale. Each ferment is hand plunged daily, then basket pressed when complete. The wine is matured in 4-5 year old French oak barrels for 18-24 months prior to bottling.
“This is as honest a postcard for McLaren Vale Shiraz as one could hope for. A blend of fruit from McLaren Flat, Willunga and Blewitt Springs, before 12 months of ageing in a combination of French and American oak, there is ample black fruit, Christmas cake spice and some bourbon-soused vanillins to keep the hedonist in us all happy. Powerful, but relaxed.”
Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion 92 Points 1/5/18