Blackjack Vineyards is situated on an easterly slope, in the old Apple and Pear growing district of the Harcourt Valley on the foothills of Mt.Alexander. Although just south of Bendigo, the climate is considerably cooler, with vintage typically occurring late April into early May. The Harcourt Valley is normally blessed with "Indian Summer" autumns - warm days and cool nights. The soils are mostly very old and not overly fertile granitic soils. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. The Blackjack Shiraz is from the original planting in 1988.
- VIC - Other Victorian
Bright, clear crimson-purple; the bouquet has fragrant blackberry and plum fruit that signals the beautifully weighted and textured palate, flooded with berry fruits; like Block 6, is medium-bodied, presenting its flavours without effort. Impossible to split the two on quality. Rating 95 - Drink by 2030 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Fermented in traditional open fermenters, hand plunged, and aged in small American oak barriques (33% new) for 22 months. Malo-lactic fermentation occurs in barrel. No finings and minimal filtration at bottling.
Very generous on the nose; hints of blackberry pie, plum liqueur, vanilla and nutmeg.
On the palate, there is good weight and concentration of flavour, showing plenty of fruit with oak gradually bringing things together. The tannins are powdery and dry to finish with plenty of length and perfect balance of alcohol and acid.