We were never quite sure about where this fit in the scheme of things, or if indeed it would even see the light of day. Ultimately it was such a good drink that it demanded to be bottled. We’re not too keen on the word quaffer, but if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck…

Mostly Grenache and Cinsault. Pretty sure there was some Shiraz. There was a couple of rows of Durif, some Mataro that we micro-fermented in keg and oh yeah, about seven or eight buckets of Mondeuse. Love Mondeuse. A continuous ferment save for the Mataro which arrived at the party a couple of weeks later. All Rutherglen fruit with a little from Browns Plains, Gooramadda, and another vineyard nearer to town. Open fermented, basket pressed, eight months in old French barriques to knit it all together.

Has a light, bright and vital feel about it. Fresh cherry, raspberry and greengage plum. An earthy, autumnal note through the middle adds a bit of interest, maybe some five-spice too, and a twang of fine tannin through the finish.

SOLD OUT – new vintage coming soon!

Rutherglen
90 dozen made
$15 per bottle – BUY