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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  • "with regard to Pinot Noir, I still prefer the ones from Oregon"You need to drink a lot more Burgundy, and of the others I mentioned, too.  ;-)   Oregon's getting there but still on the road, not yet fully arrived IMHO, even if I enjoy many of theirs. Was writing on these boards about Soter and Drouhin, for example, last decade. I certainly comm... Read More

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  • In 1991 the popularity of Zinfandel wasn’t a speck of what it is today. Wine lovers either didn’t know what it was or didn’t understand the grape. Therefore, in 1991, a passionate group of true believers formed ZAP, Zinfandel Advocates and Producers. This group is made up of winemakers and Zinfandel lovers alike. Their mission is to educate the ... Read More

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  • Single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir are the order of the day at Willamette Valley’s acclaimed WillaKenzie Estate. Erik joined the Willakenzie team earlier this year to head up winemaking operations. Enjoy these excerpts from my conversation with Erik.MA: Tell me a little bit about your winemaking history. How did you become a winemaker?  E... Read More

    From the article Ask the Winemaker: Erik Kramer


  • Esteemed wine critics like Robert Parker and Antonio Galloni employ gender-positive terms in their tasting notes without compunction. Masculine wines are commonly associated with structure and power, while feminine wines can be perceived as delicate and thin. Speaking about a trip to the Bandol region in the Financial Times, wine writer Jancis R... Read More

    From the article Does your wine have a gender?


  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • A new year provides the perfect opportunity to try new things, but how far will you go?  Many wine drinkers cling to familiar grape varieties or settle for what’s in easy reach. Don’t miss out, wine lover. There are between 5,000 and 10,000 varieties of Vitis Vinifera, the plant species responsible for nearly all wine grapes, planted around the ... Read More

    From the article These New Wave Wine Grapes Are Really Catching On


  • HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 TO EVERYONE FROM ME, amour!It is clearly a great pleasure to re-join you all,  after a long and very busy impasse (and thank the high heavens above, a healthy impasse!)Lovely to see the wine veterans here in action and equally lovely to meet the new wine lovers on the block!Here am I, amour, in the photo, at my home, having s... Read More

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  • Here in the United States we are on a first-name basis with our wine grapes. The majority of casual wine drinkers understand what “Merlot”, “Moscato”, and “Cabernet” mean. Nowadays “Pinot” and even “Riesling” are familiar pals too. This is largely because the United States and other New World regions label their wines by varietal rather than geo... Read More

    From the article The Rise of Non-Traditional Wine Blends


  • Carménère is an old grape variety from the Gironde. DNA analysis suggests that it’s a cross between Cabernet Franc and Gros Cabernet (which is itself a distant relative of Cabernet Franc). Fortunately for our collective palates, when it comes to wine grape parentage, breeding with a relative can be a very good thing. Carménère is a highly refine... Read More

    From the article Carmenere Wine Master Class: Lessons Learned


  • We talked a lot about sparkling wine last week but there is a lot more to cover. The biggest sparkling wine day of the year, New Year's Eve, is right around the corner. Opening a bottle of sparkling wine can be a a dangerous proposition. There's a lot of pressure under that cork! But if you like living on the edge, there's always sabrage. When t... Read More

    From the article Holiday Sparkling Bottle Pick List


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