Winefront Reviews

2015 the moonlight run - 93 points

Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, shiraz and cinsault.
Aromatic. Fleshy. Plenty of fruit and yet dry and spicy to close. Excellent style of wine. The kind of wine we all should drink more of. There’s no lack of sweetness and/or ripeness and yet the savoury crowd is played to. Hits the nail pretty much bang on.
— Campbell Mattinson,

2015 the twilight path - 91 points

Blend of primitivo, mataro and graciano from the Barossa.
Succulent red wine. Juicy and fresh. Red berries, light and lovely. Some firmness to the finish but the fruit keeps pouring on through. Refreshing. Both polished and pure. Drink it young.
— Campbell Mattinson,

2015 the eleventh hour - 90 points

Old vine shiraz out of the Barossa.
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.
— Campbell Mattinson,

2015 the howling dog - 90 points

`The Howling Dog label is about “celebrating varieties that have density and power”.
This is so fresh it almost seems raw. It has that tank sample freshness to it; that purple crack of bare fruit flavour. Berries, foresty and spiced. A little chocolate. A lot of floral elements. And mouthwatering acidity. There’s tannin here, slightly twiggy but carried by fruit. It has drinkability writ large.
— Campbell Mattinson,


Jaysen Collins isn’t your typical Barossa Australian wine producer. Whilst he was born in the Barossa it wasn’t into a winemaking family and his award-winning winery, Massena, has been something he has had to build from the ground up. So, with a flash of typical Aussie pluck, in 2000 he and a friend, Dan Standish, began a self-funded wine apprenticeship by buying some fruit and trying their hand at making wine.

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2014 the twilight path - 91 points

A 70/20/10% blend of primitivo, mataro and graciano as far removed from its Howling Dog sibling as the sun and the moon; this has a dart board of juicy, spicy, earthy nuances all in a light to medium-bodied frame. To be enjoyed while The Howling Dog calms down.
James Halliday - Published on 04 Nov 2015

2014 the eleventh hour - 94 points

Bright colour; has the best of both worlds, with the lush black fruits of Barossa shiraz while retaining freshness and poise. Makes its point quietly, not with a sledge hammer.
James Halliday - Published on 02 Dec 2015

2014 the howling dog - 95 points

A deeply coloured, ultra-exotic 72/16/12% blend of saperavi, petite sirah (durif) and tannat; has all the qualities its varietal parentage promise; it is infinitely powerful and compact, a vinous black hole in space, yet retains sufficient balance to guide it through decades of change.
James Halliday - Published on 04 Nov 2015

A day in the Barossa

Had the great opportunity to host Jamie Goode at Artisans recently.

Some great praise for Massena wines: "The wines are really interesting. Jaysen’s Massena wines impress across the board. I particularly liked the Primitivo-dominant ‘The Twighlight Path, and the Mataro-based Moonlight Run is really nice. My favourites from Jaysen, though, were the excellent 11th Hour Old Vine Shiraz and the Saperavi/Petite Sirah/Tannat blend The Howling Dog."

A great read for checking out what else is happening in wine in the Barossa, click below to follow to Jamie Goode's wine blog. 

Revisiting the Barossa



We've got some good feedback on the new release wines from Campbell Mattinson of the Wine Front!

2015 the surly muse - 92 points

Barossa Valley blend of 50/50 viognier and marsanne. A whole lot to like. You’d have to say that this nails the style. It’s fresh, vibrant, is slipped with enough flavour and then races straight through the finish line. Candied citrus, stone fruits, fresh lime, honeysuckle. It’s just a little underdone, but in a good way. It has good mouthfeel too. Give it another six months in bottle and it really should start to sing.

2014 the twilight path – 92 points

Barossa blend of primitivo (70%), mataro (20%) and graciano. It’s no shrinking violet. It’s dark in colour and deep of flavour, with jammy blackberry and tar flavours through the middle before rusty, ferrous, campfire notes add intrigue around the edges. The finish/aftertaste then turns sweet, raspberried, almost liqueurous, though dry/grainy tannin is a handy offset. Very good. 

2014 the moonlight run – 92 points

58% mataro, 22% grenache, 20% shiraz. Barossa Valley. Beautiful set of numbers. Delicious wine to drink. Earthen and spicy but loaded with dark, substantial fruit. Sweet and dry. Complex flavours but a simple/straightforward appeal. It feels as though it’s been forged in a hot, dry, sandy landscape, the berries soaked in sun. No complaints whatsoever.

2014 the eleventh hour - 94 points

Shiraz, from a variety of Barossa vineyards. Pure and simple.This pours it on. It feels modern but it also feels intense. If you want to sink your teeth into top shelf Barossa shiraz, in a modern context; check out this wine. Dense plum, tar, cedarwood, cloves, graphite. It strikes the chord and holds it. The flavours hum. if you enjoy Barossa shiraz, you’re as good as guaranteed to respond well to this.

2014 the howling dog - 94 points

Traditionally Massena has made The Howling Dog with durif/petite sirah; this release is a blend of 72% saperavi, 16% petite sirah and 12% tannat. The Howling Dog aspect may well have been lost a bit, but the blend itself sounds full of promise.Dark, brooding colour. Thick flavour. Asphalt, cloves, blackberry, sweet woodsmoke. Mouth-filling and mouth-puckering. Chunky chains of tannin drag through the wine. It’s not overdone, despite the way it sounds. Fresher, red-berried flavours peek through the finish, though it remains a Very Big Wine. A mouthful, but an intriguing one.