James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 5 Star Winery
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Release of 2004 vintage
Apr 28, 2006

Wine TastingIn April 2006, BlackJack Wines released its four 2004 reds - Shiraz, Block 6 Shiraz, Cabernet Merlot and Chortle's Edge. Tasting notes

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Vintage and philosophy
Apr 01, 2006
VintageFrom Genesis 9:20, "And Noah began to be a husbandman, and planted a vineyard", and in a sense he (God that is) has been making wine ever since, because at the end of the day, or vintage, the overall character of the wine is essentially determined by the unique combination of the local environment and seasonal climatic variations. Our philosophy at Blackjack Vineyards is not to interfere with this natural process too much. In a sense, to let the grapes, the vintage, talk. As usual the French, as always, have a lovely word for it, "terroir".
Five-star rating from James Halliday
Mar 16, 2006

James HallidayIn his influential Australian Wine Companion 2006, leading wine critic James Halliday has elevated BlackJack Wines to the maximum five-star rating, reflecting "An outstanding winery capable of producing wines of the highest calibre". The rating places BlackJack among the best four producers in the Bendigo district and in the top 8.5 per cent Australia-wide.

Reviewing individual wines, he awarded both our 2002 Shiraz and Block 6 Shiraz with the maximum rating of five glasses ("Outstanding. Wines of the highest quality, usually with a distinguished pedigree."). Here are his comments on the two wines:

BlackJack 2002 Shiraz: Supple, smooth, fine blackberry and plum fruit; good oak handling; stylish. Rating: 94 Drink: 2012

BlackJack 2002 Block 6 Shiraz: Medium-bodied; black fruits, chocolate and spice supported by fine tannins; excellent structure and length. Rating: 94 Drink: 2015

Quote from Thomas Moore
Mar 16, 2006
Thomas MooreSomething for the baby boomers to reflect on over a glass of Blackjack. From Thomas Moore:

"So life's year begins and closes;
Days though shortening still can shine;
What though youth gave love and roses;
Age still leaves us friends and wine."
Tasting notes 2004 vintage
Mar 15, 2006
BottlesBlackjack Shiraz 2004
Garnett in colour. Aromas of plum, mocha coffee and chocolate. Rich plate of sweet Shiraz fruit, with good length and long lingering flavour. Lovely balance between fruit and tannins. Cellar 5-10 years.        

Blackjack Block 6 Shiraz 2004
Red with purple hues. Morello cherry and savoury aromas; spice and white pepper. Clean crisp acidity and clear summer fruit characters on palate. Soft, yet firm tannins on finish. Lingering. Cellar 5-10 years.

Blackjack Cabernet Merlot 2004
Dark red purple. Nose exhibits cassis and black tea aromas and some regional mint characteristics. Flavours carry through to a complex palate which is supported by firm oak and grape tannins. Persistent. Cellar 5-10 years.

Blackjack Chortle's Edge Bendigo Shiraz 2004
Deep blood plum in colour. Plum and savoury aromas. Intense, rich and ripe flavours on the palate. Lovely soft grape tannins to add texture and complexity. This is no ordinary under $20 quaffer. Cellar 2-5 years.
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