2016 the surly muse
Grape Variety: 75% Viognier, 25% Marsanne
Background: Viognier has found its current recognition in being a ‘muse’ to Shiraz wines, adding its unique aromatic lift and richness when added in tiny quantities. When some Viognier became available from grapes that’s skins would be co-fermented with Shiraz, we jumped at the opportunity to explore a new wine style to Massena. Blending with Marsanne adds an extra dimension
Winemaking: The grapes for ‘the surly muse’ are sourced from a single south facing site in the Gomersal sub-region. We harvest the Viognier and Marsanne at two different ripeness stages (up to four weeks apart). The early picking of Viognier gives the wine great natural acidity and green tinges, whilst the riper Marsanne adds rich and full fruit flavours. Fermentation and ageing of the surly muse was completed ‘surlie’ (on lees) in French oak barriques and stainless steel tanks before bottling unfiltered in July 2016.
The Wine: The wine is pale gold in colour with bright green highlights. The nose displays aromas of apricots, honeysuckle, wild fennel and grapefruit. The palate is firm and restrained, with succulent tropical flavours that are matched with fresh acidity, a taught band of minerality and a creamy texture.