We are now proud to announce the first release of the 2016 BlackJack Mr Ramoy. Only 100 dozen made and released to the  Blackjack members first for a limited time.

As many will already know the name Blackjack comes from a man who came to the Castlemaine Goldfields in the 1850s. A road adjacent to Blackjack Vineyards still bears his name. His actual name (from a court report in 1856) was Santa Rosa Ramoy.

Our very first release in 1992 was a single wine, a blend of the whole vineyard. Essentially a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend.

With this in mind, we decided, for the 2016 vintage, to return to another beginning, to make another whole of vineyard wine, but with a difference.

This wine is a blend of grapes of equal quantities from our three estate vineyards-the original Shiraz planting, the Cabernet block and the Block 6 Shiraz.

Crushed and fermented separately in three new French Oak Puncheons. Sealed after fermentation had finished and kept on skins for another six weeks. Basket pressed, blended and returned to the same French oak puncheons for another 22 months. Bottled in March 2018.

The decision to bottle it was only made at the end of the process. One of the criteria for bottling was it had to be different from our other Estate wines. We think it is.

A wine tending towards the savoury and spice spectrum of flavours; a wine of complexity, depth and length. A wine we think deserves to be called after its namesake, Mr Ramoy.