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.
Massena's Riesling is from the historic Stone Garden Vineyard south of Springton in Eden Valley. It's a place of mean soil, cold winds and vines that are proudly resilient to the harsh environement.
Planted in 1857, this vineyard produces fruit of purity and intensity. It's a riesling of subtle lime, lemongrass and white blossom. Lees contact softens the natural acidity youthful Riesling presents making this a wondferful wine for today.
Hand harvested in two separate picks, this wine is made from grapes sourced from our Stonegarden vineyard planted in 1857. A pure expression of Grenache from a truly unique and rare vineyard.
Sourced from an old vine mixed planting of aromatic varietals, a short period of skin contact before fermentation has given a truly vibrant and eclectic wine.
Raspberry, black pepper, dried oregano and tobacco leaf make this a dry red that is atypical for the Barossa climate with its high end aromatics. The sweet, soft and round tannin palate bring back the familiarity of this warm climate and early released wine. Flavours of bright red fruits, wild herbs and bright acidity ensure that this wine is best enjoyed at the lunch or dinner table and drunk with friends in abundance without any pretentiousness.
The moonlight run was our midnight drive back to the Barossa after working vintage in the Clare Valley in 1999. We would crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night’s work, so we decided to make our own. We take inspiration from Chateauneuf de Pape wines and this is our take on them.
The sixty year old Shiraz vines from Greenock that produced the original wine were ready to be uprooted due to
the lack of yields and the reluctance of other companies to pay a premium for this excellent fruit. After repeated requests for
access to these grapes, at 'the eleventh hour' our growers decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines.