Basilisk Riesling 2010

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12%
Best Consumed: 2010 - 2020
Acidity: 6.7 TA
ph: 3.0
Sugar: 4.8
Bottled: November 2010
Release Date: December 2010

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 the Strathbogie Ranges.  This region has long, warm sunny days and cool evening temperatures allowing for perfect fruit flavour development whilst retaining natural acidity.

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 in various parcels, with each fermentation stopped with varying amounts of residual sugar.  Although we bottle this wine young, high natural acid will ensure that the wine can safely be cellared for the next 10 years.

Wine Harvest Notes

The 2010 growing season was one of the best in many years.  Excellent growing conditions made for wine with great elegance and balance.  Lower than average yields produced wines of fine quality and a long, slow ripening period provided intense fruit characters in all varieties.

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.