Massena "The Surly Muse" (Viognier) 2013 ~ Barossa Valley, South Australia
Andrew Graham 92/100 (2012 vintage)
The Wine Front 92/100 (2015 vintage)
James Halliday 92/100 (2012 vintage)
Stephen Tanzer 91/100 (2012 vintage)
Halliday 5 Star Rating
James Halliday ".....Massena has done very well with it [viognier] in this wine, the apricot and yellow peach varietal flavours clearly expressed without phenolics."
Lisa Perotti Brown "The wines speak for themselves as exciting departures from the status quo."
Viognier is a white-wine grape variety known for producing textural, aromatic wines with pronounced stonefruit flavors; 'apricots and steel' are the variety's classic flavor associations. On the nose, Viognier wines can also be very herbal, with aromas of chamomile, lavender, thyme and even a hint of pine.
In the late 1960s just 40 acres (16ha) of Viognier vines were all that remained in the world, located exclusively in the vineyards of Condrieu and Chateau-Grillet. Happily, the 1970s saw new life breathed into the near-extinct variety, by the Yalumba winery in Australia's Eden Valley and a handful of Californian wine growers. During the 21st Century, Viognier has had a remarkable renaissance, and is now found in France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S., Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and even Japan.