2017 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. Red currants, bramble on the nose, some mint and herbs. Medium weight palate, yet refined and elegant. Red berries, anise and dried herbs on the palate, against a supportive background of finer, dusty tannins. Balanced and lingering.
Try with rosemary and garlic slow-cooked lamb shoulder.
Suggested Cellaring 4-10 years
Technical Analysis at bottling:
Harvested: April 2017
Cabernet Sav. 83% Merlot 17%
Bottled: March 2019
TA: 6.0 g/l