Basilisk Riesling 2011

Region: Strathbogie Ranges
Varietal: 100% Riesling
Alcohol: 12%
Best Consumed: 2011 - 2021

This beautifully structured wine displays enticing floral aromas of citrus blossom and perfume.  The seamless palate exhibits Strathbogie minerals, complexed with generous amounts of orange blossom and lemon/lime flavours, with a crisp acid finish providing exceptional length.  Drink now but don’t be afraid to lock it away for a while and watch it change with time.


Viticulturist Notes

The fruit for the Basilisk Riesling is grown in the Strathbogie Ranges.  The high altitude vineyards have 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 lightly pressed to ensure only the premium free run juice was used. Juice was settled cold and after racking, inoculated with neutral yeast to further enhance varietal character. Fermentation was cool (9-11 degrees) and slow to maximise and enhance  the natural fruit flavours. The wine was fermented in various parcels, with each fermentation completed with varying amounts of residual sugar.  The high natural acid will ensure that the wine will continue to improve for the next 10 years.

Wine Harvest Notes

2011 is the year the drought finally broke in Australia.  Amid much celebration, there were some challenges for our winemakers, who worked through the extraordinary rains to make some excellent wines.  Some vineyards were lost to floods, but those that survived produced wines that are light in style, colour and alcohol, that offer elegance and finesse.

Food Recommendations:

As this is a crisp, dry style Riesling it is an ideal match with fresh salmon or barbequed prawns. For something a little more filling, try with a slightly spicy Asian dish such as Pad Thai.