Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Bendigo Victoria
One of Bendigo's salient marques, a wine of extraordinary personality, built around the prominent tannins of Cabernet Sauvignon, cushioned by the plummy softness from a smaller component of resplendent Merlot. The philosophy at Blackjack is to not interfere with the vinification, in a sense, to let the grapes and vintage do the talking. The overall character is determined by a unique combination of season and environment. A medium weighted, complex dry red with essential varietal definition and seamless fusion between fruit, tannins and oak.
Black Jack was a yankee sailor who jumped ship and joined the Castlemaine goldrush of the1850s. The McKenzie and Pollock families named their property after the adjacent road which commemorates the legend of Mr. Jack, establishing plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the late 1980s. The auspicious vines are all hand pruned and hand picked, balmy indian summers, cool nights and clear days, permit the grapes to ripen slowly and fully, vintage typically occurs in late April to early May. Fruit is vinified in traditional open fermenters, hand plunged and aged in a combination of new and prior use small French oak barriques for up to two years, no finings and minimal filtration at bottling. Alcohol 13.5%
Garnet colour. Fully fragrant with blackberries and dusty cigarbox aromas, black olive and dried herbs alongside blackcurrant and red berry. A medium weight palate with sweet, clear cassis fruit, concentrated over a muscular framework and substantial tannin length, before a firm, fleshy finish. A fist of fruit inside a velvet glove, perfect alongside succulent roasts or tender pink lamb.