2014 Massena The Howling Dog Petit Syrah

Region:Barossa Valley , SA

Style:Full Bodied


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The combined power of Saperavi, Petit Sirah and Tannat is something to behold.

RRP $36.00


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There's been an evolution of style for this wine over the last few vintages, from 100% Petit Sirah to this fascinating blend from 2014. After plenty of experimentation, winemakers Jasen Collins and Dan Standish have concocted a completely unique wine for this release. The 2014 is a blend of Saperavi, Petit Sirah (Durif) and Tannat, three varieties that pack some serious power. What's compelling about this wine is the restraint. Where it would be all too easy to make this into a hulking monstrosity of a wine given its DNA, the balance and freshness evident here is well worth applauding. In his 95 point review, James Halliday called it "infinitely powerful and compact, a vinous black hole in space, yet retains sufficient balance to guide it through decades of change." Yes it's big but it's done with class. A great job done by the Massena team and a wine definitely worth exploring.

What it Tastes Like

Inky black, olives and iodine, blackberry and black pepper. It's density is incredible, it's like there's a magnums worth of fruit crammed into the bottle. Satsuma plum and clove with supportive oak smoothing out the mouthfeel. Tannins are mighty by not overbearing. Such an interesting drink.


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Winemaker Jaysen Collins