On a brightly moonlit Tuesday evening at around eleven o'clock on the Barossa to Clare road, two young blokes are cruising their way to work the midnight shift for the last vintage of the century, in a beat-up old Toyota Corolla “The Brown Bullet.” 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 join forces and make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood takes hold.
As such Massena Vineyards first wine “The Moonlight Run” was born, starting an informal winemaking collaborative between Jaysen Collins and Dan Standish. Without a tertiary winemaking education between us, just a thirst for knowledge and unbridled enthusiasm, our initial production was earmarked for personal consumption. As different ideas and the search for more knowledge took hold, our partnership organically grew to produce an eclectic and fluid range of Barossa wines, the production of which depends on each vintage. As Massena has moved forward from the early days, Dan has been recently focussed on his own Shiraz project and all winemaking and business operations are carried out by Jaysen.
We source our traditional Barossa varieties Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro from dedicated growers in the North Western Barossa areas of Greenock, Kalimna and Moppa, from dry farmed, low yielding vines up to 120 years of age. Over time we have been experimenting and trialling new varieties in the Barossa such as Barbera, Dolcetto, Tinta Amarela, Petite Sirah, Primitivo, Viognier, Roussanne, Graciano, Saperavi and Tannat. The varieties we enjoy working with the most are planted on our own ‘Dadds Block’ vineyard and are now integral to our winemaking.
All wines are made using traditional techniques such as open fermentation and basket pressing, with fermentation using indigenous yeasts that can take between several days or several weeks. In true artisan style each vineyard section is kept separate during vinification and elevage, until the final blends are assembled.
Our aim is to produce wines that are true to the Barossa style, being rich, warm and generous. We invite you to visit Artisans of Barossa to taste our wines if your are visiting the Barossa.