Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre 2009

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 95% Shiraz 5% Mourvedre
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2010 - 2015

Rich, with elegant and supple tannins, this Rhone inspired wine is an enigmatic blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz, finely tempered by the savoury tannins of Mourvedre.  This delicious, exciting and harmonious wine exhibits aromas and flavours of blackberry, pepper and spice combined with the elegant integration of French oak.    Rich dark berry fruit flavours are abundant on the palate with underlying savoury notes such as leather and spice.  Finishing with excellent length, this wine is magnificent now however will undoubtedly reward those who offer it time.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria during March/April 2009.  The must was fermented in static red fermenters and pumped over every eight hours for the ferment’s duration.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and allowed to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence.  Separate parcels of the wine spent between 6 and 12 months on French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place.   The resulting wine is ripe, complex and wonderfully rich and brooding.  This is in part due to the distinct Shiraz parcels, but also as a result of the Mourvedre which imparts a fruit driven yet earthy character to the wine.    


Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2009 was challenging for both grape growers and winemakers.  The heat waves in early February devastated a lot of the fruit and shocked the vines into heat stress.  Harvesting began a little later than usual due to the intense heat, however the fruit did eventually recover and the ensuing wine is exciting.  Sugar levels were lower than previous years, meaning alcohols across the board will be lower, however flavour profiles and intensity levels are evident.


Food Recommendations:

The Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre is a wonderful partner to rich red meat dishes and pastas, and for those who are a little more daring why not try it with dark chocolate (our winemakers choice!)