Massey Bambino Shiraz 2014
McLaren Vale, South Australia
Australia has long since proven itself to be one of the world’s leading wine producing countries, and one of the reasons for this is due to its stunning variety of lands and climatic conditions. It was this range, and the excitement and inspiration born from it, that led the Ferguson family to up sticks, move to Adelaide, and set up Massey wines. They’d travelled across Australia as a young family, sampling grapes and wines everywhere from Margaret River to Canberra, and settled on Adelaide as the best location to begin their wine business, fired up by the city’s innovative and bold spirit, and further convinced by the great terroir and thriving vineyards they found there.
For the past few years, Massey has grown as a business, expanding their repertoire and sourcing grapes from the best vineyards from around the stunning Adelaide Hills. Despite this expansion, they still refer to their operation as ‘bloody small’ - referring to the fact that they’re housed in a historic stone-built winery, which uses small basket presses to produce unique and characterful wines, full of the flavours of the area they fell in love with. Bevan and Catherine Ferguson are dedicated to making wines which are accessible to all, affordable yet full of life, and their aim is to create wine which truly tastes of where it comes from.
Banjo says: Winemaker Bevan Ferguson established Massey with the 2004 vintage, and is starting to hit stylistic stride. All his wines are made 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.
From three vineyards of differing altitudes and aspect in the subregions of Blewitt Springs, McLaren Flat and Sellicks Hill. This lends complexity and heft to this seriously good McLaren Vale Shiraz – rich dark plums, milk chocolate, dark raspberry and a lick of licquorice.
The grape type
Shiraz in Australia is as deep and dark a red as you can get. Once you arrive at Shiraz, you have hit the end of the line in terms of power. Full bodied wines but still elegant!
Fruit flavours: Dark Fruits. Think any fruits with blue or black in the name.
Other flavours: Herbs, Liquorice, Olives, Smokey, Peppery, Earthy
This Shiraz is a quintessentially Australian wine, full of those fantastic flavours which the country has become famous for. It has a great balance of elegance and boldness, with deep fruit flavours that capture all the spiciness and complexity of the grape. It would be hard not to pair this wine with a great barbequed meat dish, or a great piece of one of the strongly-flavoured beef cuts, paired with a pepper sauce and a side of mushrooms. Barbequed and grilled vegetables would be a wise choice for vegetarians, with those charred and caramelised flavours bringing out the best notes in this wine.
We’ve teamed up with the talented team at Smudge Eats to match all our wines to their delicious recipes, which they’ve compiled from the country’s top and emerging chefs.
Recipe link: Braised Beef Cheek
Season matching: Winter
Mood matching: Any and all!
Taste matching: Rich