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BlackJack takes trophy for best Shiraz
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Last week BlackJack Vineyards won a gold medal and scooped the overall trophy for Victoria’s Best Shiraz at the prestigious Le Concours des Vins du Victoria event. The award-winning wine was the Block 6 Shiraz 2006.
Le Concours des Vins du Victoria is a unique wine competition in Australia in that it involves a panel of French wine experts and commentators judging Victorian wines. It is organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Now in its 18th year, it has become an established event on the Victorian wine calendar, attracting participating vineyards, from small boutique wineries to larger well-known wineries. More than 300 wines were entered this year and the judging panel was be led by renowned Rhône Valley winemaker Michel Chapoutier. The panel included a group of five young French sommeliers who topped France’s annual competition for sommeliers students. Winemakers Ken Pollock and Ian McKenzie from BlackJack Vineyards are thrilled with the result, noting that the win provides great acknowledgement for the wine, and that the event is a good bench-marking opportunity. This is the third time that they’ve won this prestigious trophy, after winning in the same category in both 1996 and 2004.
BlackJack Vineyards is situated in the beautiful Harcourt Valley in the Bendigo Wine Region. Their first wine was released in 1994, and since then has established an enviable reputation for producing fine and generous red wine.
The cellar door is on the Calder Highway in Harcourt, just over an hour from Melbourne. It is open on weekends from 11am to 5pm and other times by appointment.