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2014 Massena The Howling Dog
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- Cellar 5 - 6 years (2021-2022)
- ABV 14.5%
- Closure: Stelvin
A blend of 72% Saperavi, 16% Petite Sirah and 12% Tannat that has some similarities to a straight Durif but with a brighter finish. Spectacular saturation of colour displaying an impenetrable inky black core with a very deep dark purple black hue. The nose offers up aromas of black plums, Morello cherries, liquorice and hints of dried raisins over some spicy vanillin cedar. Densely textured and rich the lavish fruit is supported by a firm tannin structure and fresh acidity. Mouthfilling flavours of ripe Morello cherries, black plums and liquorice overlay some subtle dried raisin infusions and a dry, very spicy vanillin cedar finish. Long chewy aftertaste of ripe Morello cherries, black plums, liquorice, subtle dried raisins and spice.
Cellar 5-6 years.
A deeply coloured, ultra-exotic blend: 72% saperavi, 16% petite sirah (durif), 12% tannat; has all the qualities its varietal parentage promise; it is infinitely powerful and compact, a vinous black hole in space, yet retains sufficient balance to guide it through decades of change. Drink by 2044.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
Traditionally Massena has made The Howling Dog with durif/petite sirah; this release is a blend of 72% saperavi, 16% petite sirah and 12% tannat. The Howling Dog aspect may well have been lost a bit, but the blend itself sounds full of promise.Dark, brooding colour. Thick flavour. Asphalt, cloves, blackberry, sweet woodsmoke. Mouth-filling and mouth-puckering. Chunky chains of tannin drag through the wine. It’s not overdone, despite the way it sounds. Fresher, red-berried flavours peek through the finish, though it remains a Very Big Wine. A mouthful, but an intriguing one.
Campbell Mattinson - The Winefront