|Our Price: $29.99 / bottle (RRP: $35.00)||Case: 12 x 750 ml|
47% Mataro, 38% Grenache, 12% Shiraz, 3% Cinsault. The Moonlight Run takes its name from repetitive nightly drive between the Barossa to the Clare Valley that Dan and Jaysen would undergo whilst working vintage in 1999. Jaysen notes, "During the drive home, we would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal we decided to make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold."
Formed in 2000 by high school mates Dan Standish (of Torbreck and The Standish Wine Co fame) and Jaysen Collins (ex-Turkey Flat) Massena’s potent, edgy, fire-in-the-bosom early releases shook up the Barossa with their quality and interest. Today the wines are no less striking, although the boy’s penchant for wines of soaring aromatics, accessible balance and freshness has come through more and more as the years have passed. Working closely with a group of dedicated growers in the north-western sub-regions of Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hill, D & J craft a stimulating set of classic Barossan wines from dry farmed, low yielding, ancient vines (up to 120 years of age) of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. They also celebrate the diversity of vines now grown in the Barossa (and have been pioneers doing so) by producing wines from varietals like; Petite Syrah, Primitivo, Saperavi and Tannat from their own experimental vineyard outside of Nuriootpa.
Utilising the most authentic traditional techniques – basket pressing, open, native yeast ferments, and use of used French oak – their wines’ gutsy, intense personalities pay homage to their proud region while their silky textures, fine tannins and deliciousness perfectly reflect the desire of these two talented Barossans to produce wines of great drinkability and freshness. Whichever wine tickles your fancy, the results are always captivating.
The 2015 is based around fruit from the dry grown 'Dadds' block vineyard, in the South of Moppa, a site that for Massena "has proved to be one of the most intriguing and consistent dry grown Barossan vineyards." A handful of whole cluster Cinsault was co-fermented with the Mataro to soften the sharper tannins. Two old vine vineyards in Marananga provide the Grenache, each parcel vinified separately and aged in old French oak hogsheads for 12 months.
'Constructed from estate mataro (34%) fermented with partial stalk inclusion, 33% early harvested 150yo bushvine grenache and Tanunda shiraz. The secret ingredient that invests the wine with savoury spices and freshness is the alcohol, usually 14.5% and above in the Barossa Valley. The length and finish have zest and braille, important in establishing the texture of the wine.'
95 Points - James Halliday
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