Massena Eleventh Hour Shiraz originally comes from sixty-year-old Shiraz vines from Greenock that were about to be uprooted. They were saved in the eleventh hour and we used the fruit to make this extraordinary wine.
Grape Variety: 100% Shiraz.
Sub Regions: Greenock Western Ridge, Stonewell, Tanunda.
Winemaking: Sourced from vineyards located in the Greenock, Stonewell and Tanunda sub regions of the Barossa. The red clay belt of the Western Ridge running down to Greenock creates an ideal environment. Fruit from this region is juicy, spicy and concentrated. Stonewell’s hard red-brown soils adds another layer of complexity to the fruit, while the open soils of Vine Vale give aromatic intensity. De-stemming without crushing, we ferment each parcel in separate batches in open fermenters before basket pressing. Aged in seasoned oak, the wine was moved to tank in individual components for several months before blending and bottling without fining or filtration.
The Wine: Aromas of fennel, black pepper, aniseed, lifted raspberry, roasted coffee and Indian spices. The opulent palate is full of black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate with typical Barossa black fruits. A rich, supple mouthfeel. Fresh acidity ensures the wine looks bright and fresh if drinking now. It has structural components required to reward drinkers for many years to come.
Cellaring: Up to ten years.