Basilisk Riesling 2012

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: Riesling
Alcohol: 12%
Best Consumed: 2012 - 2028
Acidity: 7.17 TA
ph: 3.08
Sugar: 6.1
Bottled: May 2012
Release Date: June 2012

This beautifully structured wine displays enticing floral aromas of citrus blossom and perfume.  The seamless palate exhibits Strathbogie minerals, complexed with generous amounts of perfumed 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 was sourced from two distinctive vineyard sites within Central Victoria known for their distinctive Riesling production.  The Strathbogie Ranges has long, warm sunny days and cool evening temperatures allowing for perfect fruit flavour development whilst retaining natural acidity. Whereas the Nagambie Lakes has warmer ripening condition, however still maintaining floral aromatics and excellent 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 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

The highly anticipated 2012 vintage has produced some excellent wines with beautiful balance and length of flavour.  The harvest was short and fast with whites and reds ripening early in the season, and good Autumnal weather to follow.  Overall the quality is remarkable, and the resulting wines will live on for many years to come.

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.