2016 the surly muse
Grape Variety: 75% Viognier, 25% Marsanne
If you add a tiny amount of Viognier as a muse to Shiraz, it adds a unique aromatic lift and richness. We got our hands on some fruit and jumped at the opportunity to explore a new wine style to Massena, with Viognier in the limelight.
Sub Region: Gomersal
Winemaking: Each year we take a parcel of Viognier from a South facing vineyard in the Gomersal sub-region. The red iron ridge soils are harsh and the area is dry so we pick it early to preserve the natural acidity. Around four weeks later we pick the Marsanne, the riper fruit adding rich and full fruit flavours. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and ageing ‘surlie’ (on lees) in French oak barriques, we then bottle the wine unfiltered and release almost immediately.
The Wine: 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.