Massena 'The Howling Dog' Saperavi 2017

A massive brooding beast studded with contrastingly bright fruit. Cherries, blackberries, blackstrap, tar, iodine and smokiness. A Scotch lovers red. A red lovers red. Complex, with bags of personality… yum!

Wine Specs

Wine Specs

RegionBarossa Valley, SA
WinemakerJaysen Collins
Alcohol %13.5
Size750 mL
Bling93pts James Halliday, 93pts Mike Bennie

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In a scene that today seems almost as bizarre as Donald Trump becoming POTUS, a patch of 60 year old Shiraz vines in the North-Western Greenock district of the Barossa was close to being bulldozed. With a lot of love for the Barossa’s old vines and perhaps a dash of foresight, mates Dan and Jaysen lobbied the grower to sell the fruit to them instead, and the “Eleventh Hour” Shiraz was born. It’s racked up plenty of accolades over the last decade or so. Massena also produce rippingly good wines from Riesling, Viognier, Mataro, Saperavi, Tannat, Durif, Barbera and Primitivo.

Customer Reviews

If you’re looking for an authentic red of strong character, look no further

Massena ‘The Howling Dog’ Saperavi 2015 – These guys bring us interesting wines like these 2 from the young Turks at Massena, who’ve managed to score 5 red stars already in JH’s Wine Companion. The wine is usually a blend but the 2015 is not. I think Saparavi comes from Georgia, it makes a rustic impression on first impact but soon lets you know that it’s a serious wine. There are flavours of dark berries, dust and scorched earth, of woodsmoke and crushed rocks, all given shape by a good backbone of tannin. It tastes younger than it is, will go well with spicy beef dishes, and should age well. The moderate alcohol is surprising given the power. If you’re looking for an authentic red of strong character, look no further. 93++ points. Try a bottle.

Kim Brebach BWU$20, 20/02/2019
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