This blog celebrates Australian wines that are produced from alternative, emerging or rare grape varieties, hopefully piquing interest and inspiring people to broaden their palate and enjoy some of our more esoteric, commercially made libations.
Reviews of wines from boutique producers, of avant-garde blends, of mainstream varieties grown in atypical regions or of organic/biodynamic, natural and small batch wines are posted also.
The Basilisk label is the name McPherson Family Wines has given to their premium range produced from grapes grown at the company's Goulburn Valley vineyards in Central Victoria. The mythical basilisk creature with the crested head of a rooster and tail of a serpent has been used as an inspiration to the classical Rhone blend of Marsanne and Viognier by virtue of the thinking that two different components make a complete whole.
The elegant aromatics and mineral structure of the wine's eighty percent Marsanne is enhanced, maybe slightly overpowered by the twenty percent Viognier's fragrance and muskiness, but it's a moot point here. This wine has won a slew of awards at regional and capital city wine shows and it is easy to see why.
Bright yellow in the glass, marmalade and fresh blossom on the nose are intriguing and enticing. An attractive palatecombines apricot, pear, green peach and hints of nut. The lively texture is underpinned by a lemon acidity that will help the wine develop interest with age. Good balance, length and alcohol level. No oak was used in the production of this wine! A classic cool climate wine that will suit a diversity of cuisine types.