Blackjack Wines

BlackJack Wines, a boutique winery situated in the picturesque Harcourt Valley, has established an outstanding reputation for producing fine red wine. The winery was awarded a James Halliday 5-star rating again in 2011, adding to its long tradition of critical acclaim from many wine writers.

The winemakers, Ian McKenzie and Ken Pollock, consistently produce high quality red wines that reflect the vineyard and vintage variations. When you visit you can taste the full-bodied cabernet merlot and excellent range of shiraz offered for tasting, and talk to Ian or Ken about these ‘wines of the vineyard’, as well as the joys and despairs of grape growing and winemaking in historic Central Victoria. You will be assured of a warm welcome, particularly by the labradors, Lily and Bella!

Specialising in single vineyard wines, BlackJack Wines produce three renowned estate grown wines: BlackJack Wines Cabernet Merlot, the original BlackJack Wines Shiraz and the adjacent BlackJack Wines Block 6 Shiraz. In addition, two other wines are produced, using grapes grown in the Bendigo district. The BlackJack Wines Major’s Line Shiraz and Blackjack Wines Chortles Edge Shiraz are both fine examples of shiraz from the region.

If you enjoy red wine, make your way to Harcourt, just over an hour’s drive from Melbourne, and discover for yourself why BlackJack Wines has consistently been awarded many prestigious industry awards, and why its loyal customers return year after year to sample the latest vintage



Tasting Notes

2010 BlackJack Wines Shiraz
First released in 1993 this wine has won many awards, including best Shiraz at the 1996 Royal Melbourne Show. Typically Australian in style, with plum, prunes, chocolate and licorice aromas. A palate that exhibits velvety intense sweet fruit characters complemented by fine oak tannins derived from 22 months ageing in American oak barriques.

2010 BlackJack Wines Block 6 Shiraz
The first release of this wine won The Premiers Trophy for the best Victorian Red Wine at the 2004 Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Complex aromas of spice, red berry and cherry. elegant and refined palate with an intensity and complexity that often surprises, and is more ‘Rhône-like’ in structure. Aged in French oak barriques for 22 months.

2010 BlackJack Wines Cabernet Merlot
The first wine produced by blackJack Wines in 1992. it has been described as having a Tuscan feel, with black olive alongside blackcurrant and red berries. The palate is an amalgam of cassis, spice and creamy oak tannins that combine to produce a finish that is both balanced and long. This wine is also aged in French oak barriques.

2010 BlackJack Wines Major’s Line Shiraz
This shiraz was first produced to critical acclaim in 2004 from fruit sourced from a local vineyard at Faraday. Aromas of plums, liqueur cherries and black pepper with a subtle oak background. A vibrant palate of red berries and creamy oak with balanced acidity and smooth, silky tannins and a long finish.





  • Getting There: 3379 Old Calder Highway,
  • Suburb: Harcourt
  • Phone: (03) 5474 2355
  • Fax: (03) 5474 2355
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website:
  • Cellar Door: Open 11:00am–5:00pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Online wine sales and wine club

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