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Rusden 'Chookshed' Zinfandel
I vividly remember my cousin introducing me to Zinfandel and thinking, “wow, what a grape variety!” About a year later I stumbled across a couple of short rows which had been planted on one of our neighbour’s vineyards in the early seventies. After offering to prune the vines in exchange for a few cuttings, Mum, Dad and I grafted an old dry grown block of Trebbiano next to the chook shed, over to Zinfandel, putting them amongst the oldest Zinfandel vines around. Apart from its year in year out consistency, the biggest kick I get out of making the Zin every year is the look of surprise, and the wide eyed grins that follow on the faces of many of our loyal mailing list customers.
Complex nose of red fruits, cinnamon and peach. The full flavoured palate is rich in red fruits, dried peach and sweet tobacco notes. ‘Amarone’ in style with integrated tannins and plenty of length. The flavour dials turned up to 11 here.
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