Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Our vineyard is in Vine Vale, our terroir is deep white sand over red clay. We believe that Vine Vale is the most versatile and consistent grape growing district on the Barossa Valley floor.
Our wines have a unique character with balance and structure. They are fruit driven because we believe in our vineyard and we want you to taste the unique flavours in the wines of this particular site. Our range of wines has an obvious house style because they are all made and grown the same way in the same soil.
Our wines honestly represent vintage. Rusden is a “vigneron” in the true sense of the word. We grow the grapes, make and bottle the wine to sell to our customers far and wide. We are deeply humbled by the support we receive from so many customers who share a passion for what we do.
“Always believing in the quality of the fruit we grew (and not being able to afford a decent bottle of red) Dennis, with friend Russell, decided to make a barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon.”
It was good enough for our own consumption and enjoyment. It was good enough to put a label on so we came up with the name RUSDEN (the shortened forms of Russell and Dennis). That was 1992. In 1994 the home-made Shiraz was consumed with relish and the decision was made to carry out some serious ‘research and development.’
The attitude of larger wineries to Barossa fruit (which was “we’ll grow the quality, you grow the quantity!”) stiffened our resolve to prove fruit grown on Vine Vale sand could produce wine with an individual style that had the capability of holding its own amongst its peers.
“In 1997 we purchased 5 second-hand barriques and experimented with the varieties Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon.”
So in 1997 we purchased 5 second-hand barriques and experimented with the varieties Shiraz, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon. The pressings and free run from the Cabernet and Shiraz were kept separate to note the different maturation of each wine in different styles of oak. Chris and Dennis’ son Christian, who was working at Rockford Wines at the time, became an essential part of the business during this vintage.
“The annual crush is now 80- 100 tonnes for the Rusden label.”
All fruit is sourced from our own vineyard and all wines are made on-site. Rusden is a family owned and operated vineyard and winery, determined to produce only top quality hand-made wines.