Rusty Mutt is a very small producer from McLaren Vale. You may not be able to track down these wines, but they deliver good value.
The 2018 Joven Tempranillo delivers dark cherry flavours with good depth of fruit. The acidity brightens up the wine. It is not very complex, but ticks all Tempranillo boxes. This is a satisfying wine with a balanced finish to boot (92 points).
The 2018 Rocky Ox GSM is very much Grenache dominated. The different flavours of raspberry, blackberry and plum are well integrated. The mouthfeel is smooth, with earthy flavours rounding out the fruit. This is not a challenging wine, but it is pleasantly serious, balanced, and with good acidity. The finish is a little short (93 points).
The 2016 Original Shiraz is a bigger wine. However, the vibrant acidity brightens up the blackberry and black cherry fruit. There is some Shiraz sweetness on the mid-palate in this medium- to full-bodied wine. I enjoyed the refreshing finish (93 points).
The Rusty Mutt wines are not pretentious. They are well made balanced wines with good acidity. As a result, they are quite a satisfying drink.