2015 Blackjack Cabernet Merlot
Vineyard and Vintage Notes
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.
Bright ruby red in colour.Blackberry and red currant fruit on the nose, with tobacco leaf, black olive, dried herbs and an underlying touch of mint. Medium bodied, the elegant core of cassis and red berry fruits on the palate: savoury, and a fine line of integrated tannins supporting and elegant long finish.
Try with rosemary and garlic slow cooked lamb shoulder.
Suggested Cellaring 4-10 years
Harvested: March/April 2015
Cabernet Sav. 90% Merlot 10%
Bottled: March 2017