Generous small batch wines made with a whole lot of love
Bevan Ferguson established Massey with the 2004 vintage, from the get-go making hearty and generous wines. From vineyards around McLaren Vale, these are small batch hand-made wines in a contemporary fruit bright style, borne of larger format oak, wild ferments, and vineyards farmed to organic principles. The reds are typically released with bottle age, and firmly fit the bill for experiences of comfort or hedonistic drinking.
HUEY'S PATCH SHIRAZ 2010
From a single vineyard in Sellicks Hill, certified organic
From a three acre vineyard cropped at 1.5 tonnes to the acre. Huey’s is vinified in half tonne batches over multiple picking runs (tries), and raised in French hogsheads (300L Seguin), 1/3 new. The flagship wine of Massey and unashamedly a hedonistic style of generosity and power.
A black wine on all levels - licorice allsorts, black fruits, even a black label, though it's kept fresh around its weight through a nice profile of natural acid, maintains an elegance around its power. Very much a partner for a juicy steak.
MASSEY BAMBINO SHIRAZ 2014
From three vineyards of differing altitude and aspect in Blewitt Springs, McLaren Flat and Sellicks Hill. Maturation is ½ each French and American puncheons (470-500L), barrels are third fill on average. Vine age is around 15-20 years and all fruit is hand harvested.
A true to region generous and juicy Vale shiraz of dark fruit and dark chocolate, this release showing a little more tannic structure, which adds complexity and balance to its richness. A big cuddly wine suited to things slowly stewed in pots on a lazy rainy day.
MASSEY VINTAGE FORTIFIED SHIRAZ 2009 375ML
Second release of this cheeky half bottle of warmth. This comes from fruit grown in the Huey's Patch vineyard, which is left on the vine a further three weeks, and fortified with eight year old brandy spirit. Maturation is 2 years in older American and French oak, 50:50. Weighs in at 20% alcohol.
This looks like, well, fortified Shiraz, rather than the rancio and brown sugar characters of a traditional Port style. The black fruit is very much alive and fresh, tasted next to a Huey's Shiraz the parentage is obvious. A fun style which drinks superbly as a younger wine.
MASSEY BLEWITT SPRINGS GRENACHE 2010
From 70 year old bush vines and aged 18 months in second and third fill French oak, a dense and powerful wine. A lovely line of acid keeps things together, generously fruited and perfumed with licorice, blackberry, raspberry, earth and spice. Only 60 dozen made.