Harcourt Valley, Central Victoria. 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, and normally blessed with "Indian Summer" autumns - cool night and warm clear day- allowing the grapes to slowly ripen. The soil are mostly very old, and not overly fertile, granitic soils. The vineyard is hand pruned and hand harvested. The Cabernet block was planted in 1989.
Fermented in traditional open fermenters, hand plunged, and aged in small French oak barriques (35% new) for 22 months. No finings and minimal filtration at bottling.
The aromatics reveal a sea of red fruits, with raspberries and red currants abound, a hint of dark chocolate and oak spice, as well as a dried herb character there, too. The palate is incredibly soft, round and supple, with ripe tannins and a solid core of concentrated berry fruits lasting long in the mouth. A classic example of the Australian Cabernet Merlot style that will work with or without food.