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Rusden Ripper Creek Shiraz Cabernet

Cracka Review

My dad always said how much he loved drinking the Cabernet/Shiraz blends that were going around in the 60’s and 70’s. Not too many folks put these wines in the cellar back then because they were pretty easy to slip into straight away. Luckily, Dad put enough away for me to get a try of a few old rippers with a couple of decades of age on them which was the motivation for this traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from vines grown on our hand-tended vineyard in Vine Vale. We’ve blended these two varieties together after open fermentation, basket pressing and ageing in old casks in the family winery - just like they were made back then.

I think the 2011 is a great result for a tough vintage. It’s 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet but the Cab Sav really shines through in the cooler years. It’s got bright fruit and well integrated acid, the palate is soft and lingering and it is perfectly balanced. But so it should be- it’s a blend of Black Guts and Boundaries. Enjoyable now and will cellar very well.

Winemaker's Notes

My dad always said how much he loved drinking the Cabernet/Shiraz blends that were going around in the 60’s and 70’s. Not too many folks put these wines in the cellar back then because they were pretty easy to slip into straight away. Luckily, Dad put enough away for me to get a try of a few old rippers with a couple of decades of age on them which was the motivation for this traditional blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz from vines grown on our hand-tended vineyard in Vine Vale. We’ve blended these two varieties together after open fermentation, basket pressing and ageing in old casks in the family winery - just like they were made back then.

I think the 2011 is a great result for a tough vintage. It’s 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet but the Cab Sav really shines through in the cooler years. It’s got bright fruit and well integrated acid, the palate is soft and lingering and it is perfectly balanced. But so it should be- it’s a blend of Black Guts and Boundaries. Enjoyable now and will cellar very well.

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