Basilisk Marsanne Viognier 2004
Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: Marsanne Viognier
Best Consumed: 2006-2012
Bottled: December 2005
Release Date: February 2006
Fruit for the Basilisk Marsanne Viognier was harvested during the cool of night, to maintain fruit freshness, after which the juice was cold settled and cold fermented in stainless steel tanks. Yeast lees were naturally settled before cold stabilization and filtration of the wine occurred. Neither the Marsanne nor the Viognier were exposed to any oak during the production of this wine.
While lean and crisp and designed as a young wine style, the Basilisk Marsanne Viognier will take on honeyed characters and increased complexity as it ages.
Vintage 2004 was a cool and dry growing season with largely ideal ripening conditions. The ongoing drought helped produce grapes with intense, concentrated flavours, while the cooler conditions meant good levels of acidity in the grapes. Most of the fruit for this wine was harvested from the
Wine Harvest Notes
Basilisk, by McPherson, is a blend of 88% Marsanne and 12% Viognier, resulting in a fragrant and elegant white wine. This is an intriguing wine, with aromas and flavours of lifted apricots and citrus notes, a viscous mouthfeel and good length.
The Basilisk Marsanne Viognier combines magically with food, particularly dishes with an Italian or an Asian flavour.