MASSENA THE MOONLIGHT RUN MATARO GRENACHE SHIRAZ BAROSSA 17
Fans of GSMs will love this wine from Massena, which is new in store and turns the classic formula of Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre on its head. This wine is a MGS, which stands for Mataro, Grenache, Shiraz, and the Mataro here makes up 73% of the wine and is grown on quartz soils in Massena's Dadd's (correct spelling) Block Vineyard. The juice was fermented with 30% whole clusters and blended with Mataro grown on two other vineyards, then blended with Grenache from the Barossa foothills and Shiraz from Tanunda.
Daily pumpovers during the early fermentation were followed by punch downs towards the finish of the ferment with gentle extraction then aging in both tank and barrel.
This is a full bodied wine with dark, powerful fruit flavours and firm tannins with notes of softness adding approachability.
The Australians are fond of referring to the Mourvedre grape as Mataro. It's the same grape by two different names.
Hand harvesting, indigenous ferments, whole bunch fermentation and long aging on lees are among the winemaking philosophy for this new range.
* Massena wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.