2016 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 is 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 for 22 months.
Bright ruby red in colour. Blackberry and red currant fruit on the nose, mint and mixed herbs. Mis weight palate, yet refined and elegant, Dark fruits predominate on the palate, against a supportive background of fine but firm tannins. One or the cellar
Try with rosemary and garlic slow cooked lamb shoulder.
Suggested Cellaring 4-12 years
Technical Analysis at bottling:
Harvested: March 2016
Cabernet Sav. 81% Merlot 19%
Bottled: March 2018
TA: 6.6 g/l