This year marks the 60th anniversary of the death of one of the wine legends of the Australian Wine Industry. Maurice O’Shea died on May 5th 1956.
Although recognised as a master blender of wine he. more the anyone pioneered the winemaking philosophy of a sense of place- wines of a vineyard. At a time when table wines were invariably generically labelled, he produced some of Australia’s most renowned single vineyard wines from his Mt Pleasant Winery in the Hunter Valley. For those interested in the story of Maurice O”shea get hold of “The Wine Hunter” by wine writer Campbell Mattinson.
It is a philosophy we strive to emulate at Blackjack.
The 2014 vintage began with good Spring rains and the unfolding summer was warm to hot and dry; summer then mellowed to a beautiful “Indian summer” autumn-perfect ripening conditions. Crop levels were a little above average.
The resultant wines reflect this harmonious ripening period. Balanced with the fruit intensity characteristic of Blackjack wines.