Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre 2004

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 89% Shiraz 11% Mourvedre
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2006 - 2011
Sugar: 2.0g/L

Basilisk, by McPherson, is a blend of Shiraz and Mourvedre, resulting in a ripe and opulent, yet elegant wine. The 2004 vintage shows classical peppery Shiraz characters, along with ripe plums and dark berries and an earthy, undergrowth character, courtesy of the Mourvedre. The tannins are fine grained and almost velvety and the French oak imparts some spicy notes to the overall wine.


Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre was selected from vineyard sites around Central Victoria during April 2004. 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 stabilization and filtration followed so as to minimize residue or sediment settling in the bottle over time. The ensuing wine is ripe and complex – in part due to the different Shiraz parcels, but also as a result of the Mourvedre, which imparts a fruit driven, yet earthy character to the wine, that marries well with pepper spice and ripe fruit notes of the Shiraz.

Wine Harvest Notes

An excellent year due largely to a long, mild growing season. Ripening conditions were ideal and the continuing drought helped to produce grapes of intense flavour, colour and concentration. Fruit for this wine was harvested from the regions of the Goulburn Valley, the Strathbogie Ranges and Bendigo – all contained within the Central Victoria appellation.

Food Recommendations:

The Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre partners magically well with most red meats, casseroles and pasta dishes.