2015 the twilight path
Grape Variety: 66% Primitivo 27% Mataro 7% Graciano
We planted this well-worn piece of land to vineyard in 2000 with a whole bunch of new varieties such as Primitivo, Tannat, Saperavi and Petit Sirah as well as some old favourites - Mataro and Cinsaut. Everywhere the vines vary in height, canopy cover and berry size. The rocky soils and inconsistent water retention is what makes this South Moppa vineyard so special. Rose quartz in some parts and high slope sandy loam over clay in others, the different berry sizes give us complexity in our ferments and the varying aspects and soil sub structure means many different varietals thrive here.
Dadd’s Block encapsulates Massena Wines – non-conformist, minimalist, edgy…awesome. One day we’ll build our Cellar Door here.
Sub Region: South Moppa
Winemaking: Primitivo was handpicked and 30% whole bunch fruit was added to the ferment for complexity and lifted aromatics. The Primitivo was aged in tank to retain its freshness, whilst the Mataro and Graciano were both aged without sulphur in seasoned barrels to soften and age and bring some complimentary secondary characters. The individual cuvees were then blended and bottled unfiltered and unfined.
The Wine: Zippy and fresh, with the sour cherry brightness complemented by some chalky stalk tannin and a clean fresh finish. Drink the twilight path young and always with friends.
Cellaring: Up to five years.