Country, Region: South Australia, Barossa Valley
100 % Viognier, whole-bunch pressed and native-yeast fermented in a mix of seasoned French oak hogsheads (70 %) and stainless steel tanks (30 %). Matured for 7 months on lees in the same vessels then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The name Surly Muse is a play on words from the French term for lees ageing, 'sur lies'.
'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. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks and ageing ‘sur lies’ (on lees) in French oak barriques, we then bottle the wine unfiltered and release almost immediately. The finished wine is light and cloudy in colour with enticing aromas of tropical and stone fruit. Flavours of nectarine, passionfruit and lychee dominate with subtle hints of spice from partial oak maturation.' Jaysen Collins, Winemaker.
'Massena is one of my favourite Barossa producers, hands down.' Mike Bennie, winefront.com.au, August 2019
Established in 2000 Massena was begun by Dan Standish and Jaysen Collins who until 2006 were employed full time at other Barossa wineries (Dan as winemaker at Torbreck and Jaysen as general manager at Turket Flat).
All Massena wines are from 100% Eden Valley and Barossa valley fruit from dry-farmed, low yielding vines up to 155 years age located in the north-western Barossa. Working mostly with traditional Barossa varieties, they have also established experimental vineyards of other varieties like Roussanne, Viognier, Barbera, Primitivo, Dolcetto, Tinta Amarela, Graciano, Saperavi and Tannat.
Wines are made using traditional techniques such as open fermentation and basket pressing and are aged in tank or seasoned French oak; no American oak is used here for maturation. All varieties are hand harvested and fermented using indigenous yeasts and wines from each vineyard are raised and kept separate until final blending. These are wines of striking purity and natural intensity that reflect their origins and which offer outstanding value.