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MASSENA WINES The Moonlight Run Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Cinsault, Barossa Valley 2015

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MASSENA WINES The Moonlight Run Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Cinsault, Barossa Valley 2015 MASSENA WINES The Moonlight Run Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Cinsault, Barossa Valley 2015

MASSENA WINES The Moonlight Run Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Cinsault, Barossa Valley 2015

Taking inspiration from the wines of Ch&acirc;teauneuf-de-Pape, Massena wines produce a Barossan take on this French style. Massena’s The Moonlight Run GSM (with a little Cinsualt) was inspired by the winemakers’ return run from vintage in the Clare Valley. The winemakers wanted what so many wine lovers do, a soft, generous wine to drink to share with feet up after a hard day. They just happened to make a great wine in the process. <br> <br> <p><a style="font-size: 16px; margin-top: 15px; white-space: normal; max-width: 100%;" href="/halliday-awards" target="_self" class="btn btn-lang-red">Explore More Halliday Awards &gt;&gt; </a></p>
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Taking inspiration from the wines of Châteauneuf-de-Pape, Massena wines produce a Barossan take on this French style. Massena’s The Moonlight Run GSM (with a little Cinsualt) was inspired by the winemakers’ return run from vintage in the Clare Valley. The winemakers wanted what so many wine lovers do, a soft, generous wine to drink to share with feet up after a hard day. They just happened to make a great wine in the process.

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  • Style: Grenache-Shiraz-Mourvedre
  • Vintage: 2015
  • Region: Barossa Valley
  • Code: MWMR
  • Varietal: Cinsault,Grenache,Mourvedre,Shiraz
  • Country: Australia

Region Barossa Valley

Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with man

Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.

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Winery MASSENA WINES

Langton’s Selections Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz Massena is a cult-type Barossa venture which began making wine in 2000. Winemaking partners Dan Standish (ex Torbreck) and Jaysen Collins (ex Turkey Flat) have made quite an impact with their rich, buoyant wines based on North Western Barossa fruit. Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hill – household names – are the main sub regional sources. Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre) and other parcels are sourced mostly from independent growers. The vineyards are dry-farmed, low-input and low-yielding. Massena is mainly focused on Shiraz and has access to plenty of mature material including patches of century old vines. The winery is located in an old ironstone shearing shed in Lyndoch, which is pretty well in the opposite corner of the Barossa. Winemaking philosophy is modern-traditional with plenty of grunt work during vintage. The wines are generally maturation styles where the fruit is allowed to express itself rather
Langton’s Selections Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz Massena is a cult-type Barossa venture which began making wine in 2000. Winemaking partners Dan Standish (ex Torbreck) and Jaysen Collins (ex Turkey Flat) have made quite an impact with their rich, buoyant wines based on North Western Barossa fruit. Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hill – household names – are the main sub regional sources. Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro (Mourvedre) and other parcels are sourced mostly from independent growers. The vineyards are dry-farmed, low-input and low-yielding. Massena is mainly focused on Shiraz and has access to plenty of mature material including patches of century old vines. The winery is located in an old ironstone shearing shed in Lyndoch, which is pretty well in the opposite corner of the Barossa. Winemaking philosophy is modern-traditional with plenty of grunt work during vintage. The wines are generally maturation styles where the fruit is allowed to express itself rather than bludgeoned by oak. Destemming into open fermenters, regular pumping over and basket pressing are common practice. All wines are aged in old French oak barrels although the Shiraz is matured in a proportion of new French oak. All vineyard parcels are kept separate until final blending before bottling. Massena is also trialing new varieties including Barbera, Dolcetto, Durif, Roussanne, Saperavi and Tannat. The Eleventh Hour Shiraz is the top wine in Massena’s portfolio. Howling Dog Durif and Moonlight Run Grenache blend are gradually gaining steam. A Kalimna Barbera is one of the more interesting curios emanating from the Barossa. Massena belongs to the ‘Artisans of the Barossa’ – a group of young winemakers who represent the third wave of innovation and flair from this compelling Australian wine region. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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