BlackJack Shiraz was first released in 1994 and went on to twice win the trophy for Best Shiraz at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show; in 1996 for the 1994 Shiraz and in 2006 for the 2002 Block 6 Shiraz and in doing so cementing the reputation of BlackJack Wines as a quality producer.
BlackJack Wines is named for an American sailor who jumped ship during the Gold Rush era of the 1850s. In search of his fortune, BlackJack found his way to the Castlemaine Goldfields and into the history of this region, with a road adjacent to BlackJack vineyard still bearing his name.
Similarly Ian McKenzie and Ken Pollock, in pursuit of their dreams, first planted vines on an old apple orchard in 1988, gradually increasing the plot to include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and a small area of Merlot.
Plantings increased in 1988 with the creation of a unique site of Shiraz, now known as Block 6. Situated on Castlemaine sandstone gravel rather than the old granitic soils of the other vines and with different clonal material, the wine from Block 6 shows qualities closer to the French Rhône style.
Cellar Door is open for tasting and sales from 11 am to 5 pm on Weekends and MOST public Holidays.