Friday, 14 September 2012

Rusty Mutt Shiraz 2006

There's plenty to like about this drop. The funky label builds intrigue, the distinct sense this wine was made with pride, and the price is pretty handy too. For a 2006 vintage to be thrown around at $26 that is quality is simply silly buggers!

The fruit was hand picked and wine made with minimal intervention. Two tonne open fermenters were used and the cap was plunged twice daily. Old French oak (4-5 years) was used for 18 months so the fruit could take centre stage. To maximise what is in the glass, no filtration.

Aromas of rustic earthiness, black fruits, cracked pepper, sweetish oak and a dash of licorice whip up the tail. Plenty going on to arouse the senses!

Medium bodied, the structure and those rustic earthy flavours appealed to me. Licorice characters make a subtle appearance at the end whilst a little oak sweetness drifts past ever so gently. Fine tannins and impressive length finish off the wine beautifully.

Jump on the website an give it a crack. You won't be disappointed.

Who: Rusty Mutt
What: Shiraz (14% alc)
Where: McLaren Vale
When: 2006
How: $26

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