Basilisk Cabernet Balzac 2005

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 95% Cabernet, 5% Balzac
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2007 - 2014

This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Balzac, resulting in an intensely flavoured, elegant wine.
The 2005 vintage has flavours of blackberries, anise eucalyptus and a perfumed lift, courtesy of the Balzac.
Finely structured and with lovely intensity, the wine was matured in French oak.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Cabernet Balzac was selected from vineyard sites around Central Victoria during April/May 2005. The must was fermented in rotary fermenters before being racked off yeast lees. Separate parcels of wine then spent between six and 12 months in French oak, after which a final blending of the various parcels took place.
Cold stabilisation and filtration followed so as to minimize residue or sediment settling in the bottle over time.

Wine Harvest Notes

The conditions in 2005 were very dry, although there were some mild patches of weather throughout.
Coupled with the ongoing drought, flavour intensity in the grapes developed slowly and steadily, resulting in
slightly reduced yields, but high quality fruit. Harvest was rain free and therefore uninterrupted.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from Central Victoria.


Food Recommendations:

The Basilisk Cabernet Balzac partners magically well with most red meats, strong cheeses and game.