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2015 Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz

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Sourced from 60-year-old vines that were almost bulldozed, this is quite a full-bodied, dense style of Shiraz that is choc-a-block full of sweet dark fruits on the nose, along with a good dose of pepper spice, and a touch of deli meats. The palate is rich and sweetly-fruited, with lots of sandy tannins, a lick of mocha oak, and a lush fruit sweet finish. it's a big red lovers delight!

Winemaker's Notes

Background: 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.

Winemaking: The eleventh hour Shiraz is sourced from two vineyards located in the Greenock and Stonewell sub regions of the Barossa. De-stemming without crushing, we ferment each parcel naturally and in separate batches in open fomenters followed by basket pressing. Aged in seasoned French oak barrels for 15 months, the wine was moved to tank in individual components for several months before blending and bottling without fining or filtration in July 2016.

The Wine: Following the rich and fruity 2014 vintage, the 2015 shows refined, svelte and subtle qualities. An amazing deep rich almost impenetrable colour is heightened by a bright magenta hue. Fresh cherry and blackberry notes give way to blue fruits, supported by aromas of wild fennel, black pepper, aniseed and hints of clove and nutmeg. The opulent palate is full of blueberries, dark chocolate with typical Barossa plummy fruit sweetness. Natural fruit tannins are fine and focussed with the fresh acidity ensures gives verve and direction, without sacrificing the all important skeleton of structure required to reward drinkers for many years to come.

Cellaring: Up to ten years.

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2015 Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Old vine shiraz out of the Barossa. Sweet and ripe. This is luscious red wine drinking. Tar, honey, baked plums and dried herbs. It loads up the palate with flavour, all sweet and loose and delicious.
2016 - 2023+
90
Campbell Mattinson (2015 Vintage) says
Old vine Shiraz out of the Barossa. Sweet and ripe. This is luscious red wine drinking. Tar, honey, baked plums and dried herbs. It loads up the palate with flavour, all sweet and loose and delicious.
2016 - 2023+
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2025
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
93
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Strong red-purple; the bouquet is full of promise, with dark fruits and quality oak both having their say, and the medium- to full-bodied palate does not disappoint; gently spicy blackberry fruit runs through to the back-palate, where fine, ripe yet savoury tannins come to the fore, investing the wine with class and balance. The cork is no doubt for the benefit of the US market.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
95
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Impenetrable colour; an opulent array of essency black fruits, dark chocolate, mulled spices and mocha; the palate is unctuous, showing deep levels of concentrated sweet fruit, followed by chewy tannins to conclude; a rich wine, perfect for a cold night.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
It's big and overtly sweet but it has some finesse too. This is a very good wine. It tastes of toast, raspberries, earth and hay, and both its intensity and freshness is quite compelling. For all its power, though, it slides easily through your mouth as you swallow - it doesn't have a lot of tannin, but it has a lot of class. Beautiful, modern Barossa shiraz.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
93
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
Massena has found its groove and this shiraz shows the innate power of the Barossa Valley presented in |aysen Collins and Dan Standish's soulful style. Ripe black fruits and gentle, sweet, earthy complexity, sinewy tannins and a sweet sweep of oak through the finish all add up to convincing style. Already very approachable, there's plenty more to come.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
92
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An intense, complex and supple array of flavours with black fruits, licorice and quality oak; very good structure, balance and length.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied; rounded, supple blackberry fruit; positive but integrated and balanced oak; overall elegance.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Rich, ripe, plum, prune, blackberry and earth aromas and flavours; tannins and oak well-balanced.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
92

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