Massena Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2017
Shiraz for The Eleventh Hour is sourced from vineyards located in the Greenock, Stonewell and Vine Vale subregions of the Barossa. The red clay belt of the Western Ridge running down to Greenock creates an ideal environment to grow Shiraz, fruit from this region is juicy, spicy and concentrated. Stonewell’s hard red-brown soils add another layer of complexity to the fruit, while the open soils of Vine Vale give
aromatic intensity. Destemming 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 2017 shows aromas of black pepper, aniseed and lifted raspberry, roasted coffee and Indian spices. The opulent palate is full of black cherry, raspberry and dark chocolate with typical Barossa black fruits and a rich, supple mouthfeel. Fresh acidity ensures the wine looks bright and fresh if drinking now, without sacrificing the structural components required to reward drinkers for many years to come.
Up to ten years