Chookshed
Zinfandel
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2017 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.

Tasting Notes
A complex nose of dried fruit, cigar box, vanilla and aniseed characters. The palate is awash with ‘jaffa’ choc orange, spice and some dried fruits. Dense, full bodied and a perfect match for hard cheeses.

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Tasting Notes

2016

A complex nose of dried fruit, cedar box, vanilla and aniseed characters. A war chest of spice and red fruits, with generous lashings of oak. An absolute brute of a wine, and one for the true believers. It packs a punch but has the balance required to keep everyone intrigued.

2015

A sensory overload of aniseed, mum’s dried fruits, black currant, cedar, ash and raisin, followed by a tsunami of layered fruit and spice with incredible richness and density. For any Zin lover, this is one for the ages. Earlier this year a well known wine writer said that this wine epitomised Rusden with its Muhammed Ali “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” style. I think he hit the nail on the head in describing our “house style.” Wines full of power and precision that dance so gracefully across the canvas at the same time. 2015 gave us another warm, dry growing season with little rain providing ideal conditions for the mighty Zin. The added bonus of tiny yields has combined to complete the trifecta of what I consider to be three great vintages of Zinfandel in a row.

2014

Everything went right for the Chookshed in 2014. Picked in the second week of April, it ripened late and ripened well. The almost 60 year old vines have delivered an epic 100% Zinfandel. Big and bold, it’s a warchest of raspberry and black fruits, spice, raisin, leather, vanilla and gunpowder. Barossa Zin – super seductive goodness!

2013

2013 was an ultra-low yielding vintage, the result of a very dry growing season. From low yields, and great quality fruit, comes this densely packed, layered Zinfandel, reminiscent of the very best single vineyard Californian examples. It’s spent 18 months in 50% French and 50% American barriques- half of the barrels were new oak and it’s soaked that up with ease. Put simply, it’s a massive wine that I’m very proud of this year. A rich blend of Morello cherries, five spice and raisins leads to a full throttle palate with rich, dark fruits that give way to fine tannin and a clean, persistent finish.

2010

The 2010 takes me back to the fantastic and monstrous 2002. It cropped low, raisined perfectly on the vine and delivered incredibly dense, dark bunches of grapes. This wine is brimming with fruit, acid and juicy raciness. And the extra time in bottle sees the 2010 all-together long, mellow, complex, aromatic, spicy and…yes…huge!