- Zalto Denk'Art Bordeaux Glass
Stuart McCloskey “Semillons are difficult to assess in their youth - the magic happens with cellaring. For now, the bouquet opens to lemon balm, melon, pear, apple, fennel and lime zest. Wonderfully refreshing with gentle, phenolic grip (a little chalky). There’s an obvious mineral feel to the wine which I really enjoy. This is in a great place for mouth-watering summer drinking (lovely it is too) however, and for me, it’s a tad understated and requires a few years in the cellar to add more character. Must also bear in mind that this is a £17.50 bottle of wine, perhaps I’m being overly critical? Do not overchill and I suggest serving in a large glass (it drank better in Zalto’s Bordeaux than it did in the Universal.”
Winemaking: From a 1970’s planting of Semillon, harvested early to retain freshness. Pressed and settled overnight then transferred to seasoned barrels for the ferment to start naturally. A long slow ferment over several weeks naturally stirs the light lees, giving a textural component to accompany the rich, old vine Semillon fruit weight. After maturation on lees for several months, the wine is racked and bottled without fining or filtration.
Massena Old Vine Semillon 2021
Barossa Valley, Australia
In some ways we were trailblazers, in front of the curve; in new varieties or style interpretations. Like making dry, light, textured, barrel fermented Rosé in 2007 and getting blank looks as to why we’d been doing this - roll forward ten years and everyone’s got one of these. Why would you plant Saperavi, Primitivo and Tannat in the heady days of the early 2000s Barossa Shiraz obsession? We were looking for drought tolerant, thick skinned or higher acid varieties that would combat our changing climate. When the style was big, black and oaky, ours was herbal, spicy and lowly oaked - designed for the dinner table not a glass staining contest. Now this is becoming the norm in our part of the world."
Jaysen continues "Massena was not started as a profit making, slickly marketed wine company, it was conceptualised to have fun making wine that we liked to drink or had an interest in learning how to make. Our board meetings were on the golf course followed by a long lunch, when we really should have been combing through our sales budgets or strategising our cost saving initiatives. That sounded boring and we were only in it to actually make the wine, not ordering someone to do it for us. The authenticity in Massena is it has al... ways been about making the most interesting wine possible at that given time and thoroughly enjoying the process, not chasing what is the current fad or trend. Then suddenly you become old enough in the cycle that the style of the day just rolls around and finds you!"
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