Basalt’s home base is somewhere between the 12 Apostles and Port Fairy. And if you lived there you wouldn’t care about being more specific than that either. These guys care a lot about where and how their grapes are grown. The vineyard is raised using biodynamic principles and they truly believe they’ve planted the right vines in the right parts. Given they’ve picked a few of the most terroir expressive grapes in the world they are doing a tremendous job.
Dry, earthy and mineral at first. It offers up some grapey and almost stone fruit notes with time in the glass. The lean streak of acid and mineral characters really set this wine off and frame it. A spice and flint note hide behind the more overt characters and mean there is plenty of intrigue going on here. I would serve this with scallops but I would also happily forget about a few of these until 2025.
This vintage won both the Judges’ Award Trophy for ‘Best Riesling’ and the people’s choice Consumer Prize for ‘Best Riesling’ at the Western Victorian Wine Challenge. If the judges and punters are enjoying, it must be amazing!
One of the world’s most noble varieties and known transmitter of terroir. Riesling is an important variety for quality wine production although only makes up approximately 4% of the planted area. Wonderful wines are found in Germany, Austria, Alsace and Australia. They can be as dry as any wine you’ll taste or super sweet and luscious. It is a wonderful grape. See more about Riesling here.