Basilisk Marsanne Viognier 2008

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: Marsanne Viognier
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: Now to 2016
Cellaring: yes
Acidity: 5.87
ph: 3.06
Sugar: 3.7
Bottled: June 2009
Release Date: May 2010

Inspired by the classical Rhone style, this wine discovers the harmonious blend of Marsanne and Viognier.  Crafted from select parcels fruit grown in our Central Victorian vineyards, the Marsanne provides structural elegance whilst the Viognier lends a fragrant punch.  With a rich, nutty palate complimented by hints of pear, spice and a tickle of apricot, the complexity and appeal of this lovely wine will only develop.  Like all Marsanne, this wine drinks lovely at present, however will only benefit and offer more intrigue with time.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Marsanne Viognier was harvested from select vineyards within the Goulburn Valley.  To maintain quality, fruit freshness and varietal characters, the fruit was harvested during the cool of night.   The fruit was crushed and pressed, after which the juice was cold settled and fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks. Yeast lees were naturally settled before cold stabilisation and filtration of the wine occurred. Neither the Marsanne nor the Viognier were exposed to any oak during the production of this wine.  The Marsanne Viognier is bottled early once the blending has been finalised, as this allows the wine to develop some bottle aged characters. The ensuing wine is fragrant and appealing which is a testament to the care and creativity that has followed the wine from vineyard to bottle. 

Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2008 started very well with a cool spring and good rains vital during the growing season.  Harvesting began a little earlier than usual, nevertheless small berry sizes and lighter bunch weights complimented by high sugar levels produced ripe, rich and intense flavours in the berries.   The 2008 growing season was a memorable one in which intensity and fruit quality were so superior, unlike anything seen for a long time.  The 2008 Basilisk Marsanne Viognier is a testament to the growing season, where wines with amazing intensity were produced.


Food Recommendations:

The Basilisk Marsanne Viognier combines magically with food, particularly Asian dishes and fresh Seafood.  It is a delightful accompaniment to Gourmet Seafood Pizza and Thai curries.