Massena started as an inquisitive venture between friends, entrenched in the enjoyment of the physical process of making wine and transferring this into drinking the finished product. We began in the 2000 harvest, with our roots steeped in Barossa history, but with a vision for creating a new viticultural heritage. Without a set plan, our thirst for knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm became the driving force behind the Massena wine style. Based on drinkability and conviviality, Massena wines are 'lifestyle' wines, they are made with a view that each wine has a context. With food, with friends, for no reason whatsoever, they are there to be enjoyed.
We source traditional Barossa varieties Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro from dedicated growers in the deep red soils of the North Western edge of the Barossa. These include the sub regions of Greenock, Stonewell and Moppa. These rare vineyards host dry farmed, low yielding vines up to 150 years of age. Over time we have been experimenting and trialling new varieties to the Barossa such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Tinta Amarela, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne, Tempranillo, Graciano, Saperavi and Tannat. The varieties we enjoy working with the most are planted on our own ‘Dadds Block’ vineyard and are now integral to our winemaking.
By using sustainable practices and a complete hands off approach to both the vineyards we tend and the wines we make, each bottle is a pure expression of the sites they are sourced from and the season that has transpired.
A great example of Barossa Shiraz soured from the Greenock sub-region. Juicy and rich, oppulent and stongly flavoured. Great drinking now and for years to come.
The 2015 Originale is sourced from an 150 year old Bush Vine vineyard, located in teh gentle slopes of the Angaston Foothills.
At an elevation of 350m above sea level, cooling gully breezes and a sandy soil base ensure grapes are ripening at a steady pace.
Every Wednesday evening as the sun was setting, my family used to walk a well worn path across an empty paddock behind our house to our friends house for dinner. One night over a glass of wine, the property owner suggested we plant this bare land to vineyard so they didn't have to keep maintaining the area. At the turn of the century we planted on this site some varieties that are new to the Barossa such as Primitivo, Tannat, Saperavi and Petit Sirah as well as some old favourites Mataro and Cinsaut
'the moonlight run' was the repetitive nightly drive from the Barossa to the Clare Valley that Dan and I would endure whilst working Harvest in 1999. During the drive home, we would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal we decided to make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold.
An impenetrable bright purple colour that stains the glass gives the impression of intensity and purity and the wine doesn't let us down. The nose has slight briary and leafy hints before a rush of fresh raspberries fills the nose. Chewy, but supple tannins backed with dense blackberry flavours ensure a gob full of flavour.
Black as night and laden with an abundance of natural structure and personality, the palate surprises with immense flavour but with all elements in balance.