James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 5 Star Winery
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Blackjack 2004 Shiraz ...
Nov 27, 2006
Campbell Mattinson This is firmer than the Block 6 of the same vintage, and arguably a smidge better. It's got a slightly chalky edge, which I like, especially as it's matched to lovely, plummy, minty, serious dark fruit, the tannins starting from halfway through the palate and richocheting on from there. Taut, tight, ripe and terrific.
Drink: 2010-2016. 93 points.
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, 27 November 2006.
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Blackjack 2004 Block 6 Shiraz ...
Nov 27, 2006
Campbell Mattinson This is in a very nice groove. It's basically just a glide of plush black fruit, but there's a rash of Asian spice and a rub of creamed coffee, the integrated - and attractive - note of menthol giving the wine lift and life. A complete package. Very nice.
Drink: 2006-2014. 92 points.
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, 27 November 2006
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Blackjack 2004 Cabernet Merlot ...
Nov 27, 2006
Campbell Mattinson Smart wine for the money. Ripe and solid and yet varietal too, with mulberry and blackberry mingling with judicious, creamy, clovey oak. It finishes fruity and pure. This is a lovely red wine at a fair price.
Drink: 2006-2015. 91 points.
Campbell Mattinson, www.winefront.com.au, 27 November 2006
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SELECTED WINE: Blackjack 2004 Major's Line Shiraz ...
Nov 02, 2006
Andrew WoodClassic Central Victorian aromas of mint, black pepper and rich plummy fruit backed up by a plank or two of vanillin, cedary oak. The spicy, plush red/blackfruit with a twist of licorice complements the sweet, faintly coconutty/vanillin oak perfectly — the fine tannins and slurpy acidity providing ample structure and ensuring a clean, spicy finish. A smooth, flowing palate that is intensely fruited without any sacrifice to elegance. Clean, bright and well-made. Another big tick for the Bendigo region.

Andrew Wood, www.divineonline.com.au, November 2006
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FOUR STARS: Blackjack 2004 Cabernet Merlot ...
Oct 26, 2006
Tony LoveHandsome nose to begin, with Coonawarra characters of cassis and dark-choc and mint, some clove spice and dried black olive over a base of cedary oak, with a soft layer of drying tannins. Very interesting.

Tony Love, The Advertiser (Adelaide) 25 October 2006
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