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Rusty Mutt Wines

Rusty Mutt Wines are Hand made, hand plunged and basket pressed wines from McLaren Vale. They make Viognier, Shiraz, Tempranillo and Grenache blends.

Owner and Winemaker Scott Heidrich grew up in the Barossa Valley and studied Wine Science at Roseworthy College from 1989 to 1991. He then made the move to McLaren Vale in 1993 after a couple of cellar positions in the Barossa. Scott is currently the senior winemaker for another McLaren Vale company, working with McLaren Vale fruit since 1993. Scott has drawn upon this knowledge and experience to find fruit from particular areas in McLaren Vale which are best suited to the Rusty Mutt style.

The very ‘up close and personal’ nature of small batch winemaking allows greater understanding and direction to occur. Choices in yeast, temperature, cap management, skin contact and oak provides Scott with many opportunities to encourage his style. He aims for concentration, finesse and a fine, yet firm structure. This allows the wine to drink well on release and also provide rewards for patience in the cellar.

  • Rusty Mutt Conejo Joven Tempranillo 2022

    • Rusty Mutt Conejo Joven Tempranillo 2022
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    • Rusty Mutt Conejo Joven Tempranillo 2022

      Tempranillo is a wine grape grown in different climates. However, the best climates for growing tempranillo are those with warm, sunny days and cool nights. This climate allows the grapes to ripen slowly, thus resulting in a richer, more complex flavour. In McLaren Vale, the mild weather makes it most...