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Rich palate weight: BlackJack 2005 Chortle's Edge Shiraz
Jan 31, 2008
Dark plums and chocolatey aromas set up an attractive introduction here, with quite rich palate weight adding to its overall presence. This carries some oakiness for those who like it and a reasonable finishing touch for this journeyman style. 90 points. 

Tony Love, The Advertiser (Adelaide) 30 January 2008

Top Shelf Red: BlackJack 2005 Block 6 Shiraz
Jan 31, 2008
ImageTop Shelf Red: Aromatic red and black fruits. Plums, blackberries and red cherries abound. Intense and spicy fruit at that with good supporting alcohol. Polished and quite delicious on the palate with persistent distinctive character, ampleness in weight and integrated oak resulting in a long length with chocolate and liquorice and a hint of red earth. Try this with bbq rump of beef.

Drink to 2020. About $35. 93/100 -- Excellent.

Paul Ippolito, Web Wombat (www.webwombat.com.au) January 2008

4 stars: BlackJack 2005 Cabernet Merlot
Dec 10, 2007

ImageThis bold, spiced Bendigo Region red has 85 per cent cabernet and 15 per cent merlot from Blackjack vineyard of pharmacist Ian McKenzie and school teacher friend Ken Pollock.It is garnet-hued and has cherry brandy and licorice scents.Vibrant blackcurrant flavour zips onto the front of the palate and spearmint plum and cloves fruit characters combine with nutty oak on the middle palate.Mineral-edges tannins feature at the finish.

It would be good with seared tuna steak with picked beetroot, pear and watercress salad,crispy lamb and stir-fried udon noodles, or steal Diane.

John Lewis The Newcastle Herald  5th December 2007         4 stars


Dec 10, 2007

I have a soft spot for Bendigo shiraz. I love its inky intensity and savour.Blackjack has made its 2005 Major's Line along these lines, and it is delicious.Dark-berry fruit flavours are unhindered by any overt oak influences, and it finishes dry, with some fine but firm tannin. A little extra time in the cellar will help it develop into a great Victorian shiraz.

ImageFergus McGhie The Canberra Times 5 December 2007              5 stars $$$$$                           

Nov 10, 2007

Last year's was a beauty and so too is this.Wow, this is terrific at any price.Sweet coconut and mint rises over savoury , peppery plums, the savouriness and sweetness clubbing together into a seriously seductive package. Drink 2008-2014    93 points

Campbell Mathison THE WINEFRONT    www.winefront.com.au                        Image

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