1 x Massena Stonegarden Grenache 2017
1 x Massena Stonegarden Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2017
1 x Massena Stonegarden Riesling 2018
1 x Massena Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2017
1 x Massena The Howling Dog Saperavi 2017
1 x Massena Surly Muse Viognier/Marsanne 2018
1 x Massena Stonegarden Grenache 2017
James Halliday "Fruit from Greenock and Stone Well, 100% whole-berry fermented, aged on lees in older oak for 15 months. There's a smoothness about this wine which will win friends easily - it just slips down. Aromas and flavours are in the typically dark-fruited Barossa spectrum, and whilst not overly ripe there is a sense of sweetness on the palate. The tannin quietly plays its part."
Winemaker "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."
97 Points - James Halliday "Hand-picked in two parcels from the original ancient vine plantings (1857), fermented and aged on skins in a ceramic egg until Oct '17. The second parcel was 100% whole-bunch fermented and matured in used puncheons. You might guess a $100+ price. This is a really attractive varietally pure wine, with very good colour and structure."
James Halliday "A field blend from a vineyard planted in 1858. Wild yeast, whole bunches included, aged in neutral French oak for 15 months. The ancient vines have produced a wine of great finesse. Cherry-like aromas and flavours with a seasoning of Mediterranean herbs and a faintly smoky note. Silky and seamless on the palate with finely tuned tannin, it's all impeccably balanced."
96++ to 97++ Stuart McCloskey “A very grown-up style of Riesling and more similar to Alsace than many new world styles. The nose is restrained but provides glimpses of lemony minerality, fresh lime, wet stones and mineral salts. The palate is mouth-watering, incredibly pure, tightly knit and clearly has the ability to age for 10-20 years. The Stonegarden single vineyard sits almost 400-metres above sea level and forms part of an ancient seabed. The vineyard's rocky, loam topsoil sits above a substrate of red clay containing rose quartz and black mica schist fragments, which this wine amplifies. The heat of summer and low night temperatures provide the long, slow ripening of fruit resulting in complex flavours and fine-boned acidity. I believe this wine lives and breathes its natural terroir and stands proudly amongst Australia’s finest Rieslings. I look forward to seeing how this wine has evolved in five years’ time. Delicious now but the investment is in its future. Served in Zalto Universal glassware”
97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “Despite the price tag, I am not afraid to declare this as one of my favourite Aussie white wines. Expertly crafted from a blend of 60% Viognier and 40% Marsanne which are sourced from two, new vineyards on the Western Ridge. The Viognier in Greenock and the Marsanne in Stonewell. The nose is refined and provides a lovely sense of citrus marmalade, minerals (liquorice?), honey, pineapple, and ripe peach. The palate is exquisitely balanced, and I love the bite from the tannins, which provides a perfect frame of structure (as does the acidity). Medium-bodied and so, so pure. The wine is aged 'sur lie' (on lees) for an extended period providing a palate full of texture and phenolics. It’s difficult to pin down precise fruit characters – touches of honey. Currently, this is all about wonderful textures intermixed with stones / minerals. Sensational in its youth but I imagine this will be at its best in 3-5 years. Served in Zalto Universal glassware (I think the Bordeaux glass will provide a better, textural drinking experience). We wanted to purchase a full pallet however, sadly a mere 180 bottles were allocated!
It took us a while to get this one right, when we were first experimenting with Petite Sirah the tannins were so pronounced that tasters actually started howling as it crossed their palate. We later planted other naturally tannic varietals Tannat and Saperavi, softening the tannins so the only howl we hear now is one of enjoyment. Taken from Dadd’s Block on the high side – sandy loam with long sunlight hours and low rainfall. The best of these varieties is selected each year, either on their own or as a blend.