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Blackjack Vineyards was established in 1988 by winemakers Ian McKenzie and Ken Pollock; specialise in Cabernet, Merlot and Shiraz wines.

Named after an American sailor who jumped ship during the Gold Rush of the 1850s and made his way to this part of the world; the pleasantly rustic winery is nestles among forested ranges in old orchard country at Harcourt, making it a picturesque place to discover these tasty reds.

Blackjack Vineyards wines are very interesting in their flavour; the Shiraz is ripe, sweet and jammy, but has lifted liquorice and bacony, tarry flavours and odours, too. And it will get better in the bottle.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is intense and quite fine, with a core of very pure cabernet fruit. There is savoury and meaty flavours on show, as well. These are big wines with generous dispositions.

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