Shiraz Mourvedre 2014

Region: Central Victoria
Varietal: 93% Shiraz, 5% Mourvedre, 5% Viognier
Alcohol: 14%
Best Consumed: 2018 - 2028

Rich, with elegant and supple tannins; this Rhone inspired wine is a lovely blend of cool-climate spicy Shiraz combined with mild climate full-bodied Shiraz finely tempered by the savoury tannins of Mourvedre.  This is a bold, modern Australian wine exhibiting aromas and flavours of blackberry and spice.  The rich and full palate is complemented by hints of French oak leading to a seamless finish.  Great to drink young, however time will reward those with patience...

Viticulturist Notes

Fruit for the Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre was harvested from select vineyard sites within Central Victoria during March/April 2014.  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 2014 presented some challenges in the vineyard including frost in late 2013 and extreme heat in early 2014.  Once harvesting began in late January we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fruit and the resulting wines.  Yields were down but quality was up this year. Whites have good varietal character with great flavour, whilst the reds have beautiful colour and flavour intensity.

Food Recommendations:

The Basilisk Shiraz Mourvedre is a wonderful partner to char grilled steak, rich red meat dishes and hearty pastas.  Its wide appeal makes it a perfect dinner party wine. Call me crazy but we also love it with dark chocolate.