Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz 2017

$41.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Based on vines 60 years old in Greenock with other parcels in the north-west of the Barossa. Each parcel is vinified separately in open concrete fermenters before ageing in seasoned French barriques for 13 months. The parcels are then moved to ta nk before being blended and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Shows dark plum fruit with licorice, black pepper and spice with typical Barossa depth and generosity though more restrained with savoury French oak and fine supple tannins.

Type Red Wine
Varietal(s) Shiraz/Syrah Tannat
Country Australia
Region Barossa Valley
Brand Massena
Vintage 2017

Barossa Valley Wine

The Barossa Valley wine region has historically and currently still is one of Australia's most prestigious premium wine producing regions. Located just 60km north east of Adelaide city centre, the climate there is very hot and dry which is perfect for the big bold reds the area is famous for.

A straight Shiraz is what Barossa is most well known for, however Rhone blends, such as Shiraz Cabernet are also very popular. While much less prevalent, white wines (Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon) are planted on the higher altitude hillsides where the ocean breeze cools temperatures down to a level suitable for producing these varieties as well.

Some of Australia's earliest Shiraz plantings can be found here dating as far back as the 1850's. While not always a guarantee of quality, it might be worth seeking out and trying one of the region's "old vine shiraz" if you haven't yet.

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The Wine Front – Shiraz from Greenock and Stonewell in the Barossa Valley. Open fermented, basket pressed, no new oak, bottled unfined and unfiltered. Old school Barossa, in a new school way. Barossa shiraz is such a pleasurable beast when it’s allowed to run free. This is the famous fruit in all its deep, dark, blackberried glory. It’s fresh but intense, simple in a straight-shooting way, intricately tannic and lengthy. I’d reckon they’ve nailed it. It’s sturdy but pretty; it drinks ever-so-well. 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.

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