Massena The Eleventh Hour

Massena The Eleventh Hour

Barossa Valley, South Australia

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, the growers finally decided to stop the bulldozer 'at the eleventh hour' and retain a small area of these vines.

Each parcel of grapes is vinified separately in open concrete fermenters. After ageing in seasoned French oak barrels for 16 months, the wine is moved to tank in individual components for several months before blending and bottling without fining or filtration in November.