Authentic is a good word to describe the wines of Massena. They focus on old, dry farmed (ie not irrigated), low yielding vines. The fruit is handpicked and crafted into wine using traditional techniques such as basket pressing and wild yeast ferments. A non-interventionist philosophy is favoured and unlike many in the Barossa they stick entirely to French oak (more subtle and spicy, as well as more expensive) rather than American oak (imparting stronger, sweeter flavours of coconut and vanilla).
Grape Variety: 47% Mataro, 38% Grenache, 12% Shiraz, 3% Cinsault
Winemaking: The 2015 vintage again finds itself based around fruit from our 'Dadds' block Mataro, which has proved to be one of the most intriguing and consistent dry grown vineyards. A handful of whole cluster Cinsault was co-fermented with the Mataro to soften the sharper tannins. Old bush vine Grenache from the Barossa foothills was sourced to add lifted spice and bright fruit and provide multiple blending options. Some tank and barrel ageing was adopted across this blend, with each parcel and barrel selected based on adding as much interest as possible.
The Wine: With a linear Mataro based palate that gives focus, density and minerality supported by maraschino cherry dense Grenache, this is a great mouthful of everything great about a Chateauneuf styled blend. Spicy aromatics abound with black and white pepper, Chinese five spice and native pepper berry jumping out the glass. With so much going on it is best enjoyed on its own, however tuck into this with a Peking Duck and you’ll be extremely satisfied.
Cellaring: Up to ten years
"Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, shiraz and cinsault. Aromatic. Fleshy. Plenty of fruit and yet dry and spicy to close. Excellent style of wine. The kind of wine we all should drink more of. There’s no lack of sweetness and/or ripeness and yet the savoury crowd is played to. Hits the nail pretty much bang on.” 93 points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front.