Black Estate Vineyard

+61 3 5442 8048 PO Box 2281
Bendigo, 3554
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Our History to Date We purchased a 20 acre block of land in Patons Road, Axe Creek in July 1997. We were attracted to the site by the contours of the land, the soil structure, and the proximity to Bendigo. The soil type is sandy loam of approximately 100mm over red and yellow clay. In negotiations with the previous owner, we discovered that our site was once part of a larger property with a very rich grape growing and wine making history (see below). This showed that our initial attraction to the site was well founded. We planted a trial row of 100 shiraz cuttings on the block in 1998, and monitored their progress. It seemed that the site was capable of producing wines in the style that we wanted - low yielding vines with low vigour and concentrated flavours. This is typical of the red wines from the Bendigo region, and exactly what we were looking for. We planted 2 acres of shiraz rootlings in October 1999, and carefully nurtured them onto the cordon and fruiting wires. Rather than "rush" our Read more »

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  • Popular HBO action/drama Game of Thrones has one winery seeing red over Thrones’ new line of beer titled “Three-Eyed Raven.”  This past week online news outlet Quartz examined the beef between Thrones and Franciscan Vineyards, the California estate which produces Ravenswood. The winery is asking the federal government to issue a “nevermore” for ... Read More

    From the article Thrones Throwdown: Cali Vineyard Goes To Legal Fistacuffs With HBO Hit


  • This is pertinent to that other thread I started on product placements (sortof) in movies and TV. But I'm pained to say also deserves posting here because it is actually, at this far into the 21st century, good QPR for Bordeaux reds, whether merlot- or cab-centric. Both are excellent wines in their respective ways, and they were fortunately neve... Read More

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  • Recent research shows that a glass of red wine a day is like twenty minutes of vigorous exercise. So before summer rosés officially take hold, get in on the last gasps of Cabernet. I tasted through forty different Cabernets, all under $16. There are some superb examples here that you’re going to want to try. Cabernet, because of the value inhere... Read More

    From the article Drink Value Cabernet Before It's Too Late


  • Petite Sirah has the stuffing to hold up to extended oak aging. It can also be made in a lighter, fruit-forward, early drinking style. As a result, a survey of current release Petite Sirah from several producers might easily span four or more vintages. The wines selected for you below, all current releases from Northern California, run from 2009... Read More

    From the article In Praise of Petite Sirah


  • The beginning of Spring marks the beginning of several “seasons” as we are finally able to again start conducting many more activities outdoors. For me, it means being able to ride my bike on actual pavement, trying hard once again to avoid becoming “that parent” that yells at the Little League umpire for missing a call, and finding at least a c... Read More

    From the article Campfire Wines for Spring


  • Mt. Etna is located in northeastern Sicily in the province of Catania. Viticulture on the lower slopes of Mt. Etna dates back millennia. We live, however, in an age where we want to know what you have done for me lately. That’s good news for Etna’s DOC wines. Winemaking on Europe’s most active volcano is hot, both literally and figuratively. Etn... Read More

    From the article The Magic of Mt. Etna


  • After rehearsal tonight I opened a Brewer-Clifton Mt. Carmel Pinot Noir 2010 Santa Rita Hills vineyard and although I think it is a bit young it is very enjoyable. Brewer -Clifton is located in Lompoc, Ca. In what we call the Wine Ghetto. This is a very fruit forward mid range tannin Pinot that indicate to me that this could lay down five years.... Read More

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  • Made a trip to Pahrump Nevada today to play a round of golf with my friends at Mountain Falls GC. Amazing course! Rated #1 in Nevada and the #7 public course in America. Who would have thought a course that nice could be located smack dab in the middle of basically no-mans land.Because the trip is 45 minutes from Vegas, I decided to visit the wi... Read More

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  • This is my first post. I'm not sure this is for me but I'm giving it a go. on first blush this looks like it could be fun and educational.  Read More

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  • Thought I'd start a topic to see what "different" wines people are drinking. I've been on a hunt to find wines made from lesser known grapes or from unusual areas. Here's one of each.This is a rose made from Cinsault, not too unusual right? Well this is from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Either they don't make very good wine in Lebanon or this bo... Read More

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