So, what’s the difference between a good wine and a great wine? Good wines taste, well, good. That’s a no brainer. They can be fun to drink; they can be great with food. Maybe, they are crowd-pleasers – whatever it is, they have a context. Whatever they do, they do it well and they enhance the lives of those that experience them. We love good wines.
Great wines do all this but go further; they tell a story. They tell you about where they have come from, about when they were made and they tell you about the people who made them. Few producers understand this as well as Massena.
Massena’s proposition is simple: to make any wine worthy of the vineyard site and the season. Think about that for a moment: any wine. In other words, they are not concerned with fashion or with pre-conceived ideas. Only making the very best wine they can from their fabulous natural resources. They nurture the vines and the fruit as gently as possible and they let them tell their own stories.
The results are spectacular. They are wines of freedom and of expression, wines that stand out from the crowd. The Riesling is a perfect balance of boldness of flavour and lightness of touch, the Moonlight Run a blend that Campbell Mattinson describes as a “wild ride” but also, more importantly, as a “beautiful red wine”. And The Eleventh Hour Shiraz? It’s everything you could want in a Barossa Shiraz. It has the power and intensity you’d expect but it’s allied with a freshness and precision that only the very best deliver.
These are very special wines, made by people who understand that their role is to nurture greatness that already exists in the land; these are wines that deserve a place in every wine lover’s collection.
Why we love Massena
• Wines that tell a story: a pure expression of site and season
• Wines with context – food, friends or simple enjoyment
• Hands off winemaking that respects the fruit
“It’s a wild ride of flavour. It’s mid-weight, complex, charming and silken, with game, an array of dried spices, flings of roasted nuts and of course red/black berry flavours. So much to experience. Floral notes add yet more to the show. A beautiful red wine.” Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6310
“A delightful wine. Textural, laden with flavour, long through the finish and delicious every step of the way. It packs a real flavour punch but it steps lightly; it feels soft. Sweet lime, talc, rose petals, orange blossoms. Quite an exotic thing, it is. It will age but it’s a ripper drink right now.”
Item Code: ITM6582
“Barossa shiraz is such a pleasurable beast when it’s allowed to run free. This is the famous fruit in all its deep, dark, blackberried glory. It’s fresh but intense, simple in a straight-shooting way, intricately tannic and lengthy. I’d reckon they’ve nailed it. It’s sturdy but pretty; it drinks
ever-so-well.” Campbell Mattinson
Item Code: ITM6311