Chapter Three Shiraz Viognier 2008

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 96% Shiraz, 4% Viognier
Alcohol: 14.5%
Best Consumed: 2011 - 2021
Acidity: 6.55 TA
ph: 3.53
Sugar: 3.1
Bottled: Mar 2009
Release Date: May 2009

This wonderfully dark, inky red wine created from cool climate Central Victorian Shiraz complexed with a splash of Viognier, is redolent of concentrated black fruits and wild blueberries.  Harmoniously balanced with brooding fruits and carefully integrated French oak, this wine offers intense blackberries and dark plums with a lingering spicy finish.

With an eternal palate of richness and spice, this is a wine that will surely reward those who offer it time.

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Shiraz Viognier was harvested from 15 year old vines in exceptional vineyard sites within Central Victoria during April 2008.  The vineyards are situated on various soil types being sandy loam and granitic soil, which give the wine notable terroir.  Tonnages were kept low, to approximately 3 tonnes/acre to allow for quality and flavour to exceed expectations.   The Shiraz and Viognier were co-fermented in small open vat fermenters which were hand plunged every 8 hours for the duration of the ferment.  Once the ferment was dry, the resulting wine was pressed off the skins and given time to settle before allowing a natural secondary fermentation to commence.  Separate parcels of the wine spent 12 months in French oak, after which the final blending of select parcels took place. 

OAK TREATMENT - 60% New French Oak, 40% 1 Year Old French Oak

Mixture of Hogshead (300 Litre) and Puncheons (500 Litre)

12 months maturation


Wine Harvest Notes

The growing season in 2008 started very well with a cool spring and good rains vital during the growing season.  Harvesting began a little earlier than usual, nevertheless small berry sizes and lighter bunch weights complimented by high sugar levels produced ripe, rich and intense flavours in the berries.   The 2008 growing season was a memorable one in which intensity and fruit quality were so superior, unlike anything seen for a long time.  The 2008 Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre is a testament to the growing season, where wines with amazing colour depth and intensity were produced.


Food Recommendations:

A perfect accompaniment to an eye fillet steak or venison sausages, or for something a little different try it with some chocolate cake.