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Basilisk Riesling 2007


Region: Strathbogie Ranges, Eden Valley
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12.5%
Best Consumed: 2007 - 2017



A beautifully structured wine it displays enticing floral aromas of citrus blossom and perfume.  The seamless palate exhibits fresh lemon and lime flavours with a crisp acid finish providing exceptional length. 

 

Viticulturist Notes

The fruit for the Basilisk Riesling was sourced from two distinctive vineyard sites known for their cool climate Riesling production. Both the Strathbogie Ranges and Eden Valley have long, warm sunny days and cool evening temperatures allowing for perfect fruit flavour development whilst retaining natural acidity. The fusion of fruit from these two regions adds subtlety and complexity to this varietal.

The grapes were harvested during the cool of the night to maintain fruit freshness and gently pressed to minimise phenolic characters. Juice was settled cold and after racking, inoculated with neutral yeast to further enhance varietal character. Fermentation was cool (9-11 degrees) and slow in order to maximise and enhance the natural fruit flavours. The wine was fermented to dryness and bottled early to retain freshness.    

 

Wine Harvest Notes

The conditions in 2007 were extremely dry with vintage starting two weeks earlier that expected and finishing a month earlier than usual, this being the quickest vintage in our history.  As a result, yields were down approximately 30% in our Central Victorian vineyards but the quality was of an extremely high standard.  Due to the lack of water, berries were smaller and bunch weights were lower but this has seen an increase in colour and flavour intensity across the board.  This season was definitely about quality rather than quantity.

Food Recommendations:

As this is a crisp, dry style Riesling it is an ideal match with freshly shucked oysters or barbequed prawns. For something a little more filling, try with a Barramundi fillet cooked in lime butter.