Basilisk Tempranillo 2009

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
Alcohol: 13.5%
Best Consumed: 2010 - 2015

Basilisk Tempranillo is a medium bodied wine, which is inky in colour and beautifully structured.  The nose offers an array of interest from black olives to leather to a hint of tobacco.  Dark fruits complete the overall nose which is complexed by a hint of spice. 

The tempting black cherries and plums, along with subtle oak and savoury tannins contribute to a lengthy palate with chalky tannins and long acidity.  A wonderfully complete wine that is best enjoyed with food.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Tempranillo was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria during February 2009.  The must was fermented in static red fermenters which were pumped over 8 hourly for the ferments duration.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and allowed to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence.  Separate parcels of the wine spent between 6 and 12 months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place. 

Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2009 was challenging for both grape growers and winemakers.  The heat waves in early February devastated a lot of the fruit and shocked the vines into heat stress.  Harvesting began a little later than usual due to the intense heat, however the fruit did eventually recover and the ensuing wine is exciting.  Sugar levels were lower than previous years, meaning alcohol across the board will be lower, however flavour profiles and intensity levels are evident. 



Food Recommendations:

Tempranillo is a lovely food wine with great length and acidity, therefore enjoy it with traditional Spanish tapas, spicy Italian pizza or a traditional roast dinner.