Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Victory out of Frost & Drought

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Victory out of Frost & Drought

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Byline: David Ellis

FROST and drought don't really seem to be in the equation when you are growing grapes for hopefully premium wines on what is pretty ordinary soil.

But Ian McKenzie and Ken Pollock pulled off a coup from such conditions with their 2007 BlackJack Cabernet Merlot that they've just released - a corker drop to really enjoy now or, at $25 a bottle, to pop away in the cellar to develop even more beautifully over the next five to ten years.

BlackJack Vineyards are just south of Bendigo in Victoria's old pear- and apple-growing Harcourt Valley, a place where the cool climate allows the grapes to grow slowly with vintage not until April or May. But in 2007 frost and drought reduced grape crops to below half the norm, and Ian and Ken literally hand-made every drop of BlackJack's '07 Cabernet Merlot from this.

Their efforts are our rewards: this is a great drop with plenty of red berry, black olive and hints of mint - just the choice with an olive-crusted lamb rack and steamed vegies. …

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