Ruckus Estate


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PO Box 167, Penola, SA 5277
Wrattonbully SA 5277
0437 190 244
Not Available
Opening Hours
Mike Kloak
40 hectares

James' Review

Ruckus Estate was established in 2000 after a protracted search for high quality viticultural land, with a particular focus on the production of merlot utilising recently released clones that hold the promise of producing wine of a quality not previously seen. However, it's not a case of all eggs in the same basket, for malbec, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz have also been planted. It was not until '13 that the first small amount of wine was made (most of the grapes were, and will continue to be, sold to other winemakers). Given the quality of the Merite Merlot, the plan to increase production to 2000 dozen should be achieved with ease, with Shiraz Malbec released in May '16, and Cabernet Sauvignon in the pipeline.

Author: James Halliday

About this winery

Mérite Merlot is created from a large multi-clone parcel of Merlot.

The rocky soils in this sloping parcel comprise iron-rich Terra Rossa and Terra Rossa/loam mix over a limestone and clay base at varying depths. The interplay between a deep plate of clay and infertile limestone is an important key to creating Merlot with structure and aromatics.

The vineyard is managed with sensitivity to the different clones and varying soil profiles, producing A grade Merlot from mature, balanced vines.

Mérite Merlot is a single vineyard pure Merlot - made of 100 percent Merlot. Clonal batches will be vinified independently and then assembled. Each batch brings different attributes to the wine, creating a complete wine without needing another variety blended in. The percentage of each batch in the final blend will vary with each vintage, so as to produce a reliable single vineyard Merlot and to create a wine that is an authentic reflection of the site, variety and vintage.

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Elsewhere in the vineyard are plantings of Shiraz, Cabernet and Malbec which will be featured in small batch wines available to onpremise and directly through the winery's website (free shipping).

Look for vigneron's dinners and pop up City cellar doors. Register for their website's enewsletter to receive your invitation. A fine opportunity to learn how these new clones make a difference and taste what the Ruckus is all about.

Pop Up City Cellar Door tasting at Fix Wine Bar 111 Elizabeth st, Sydney. TUESDAY June 13th from 3pm to 6pm. Details on events page

You may order wine directly from the winery, always with free shipping


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Distribution Information

Direct enquiries are welcome. Currently no cellar door.

International Sales Information

Actively seeking international representation

Information Provided By: Ruckus Estate
  • Event name:
    Pop Up City Cellar Door and Trade Tasting
    13 Jun 2017 to 13 Jun 2017
    15:00:PM to 18:00:PM
    Join us at Fix Wine Bar 111 Elizabeth st, Sydney to taste 2015 Merite Merlot and our newest wine 2015 Merite Cabernet
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Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality, and did so this year. Also will usually have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above.

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