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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  • 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?


  • 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


  • Okay, we're counting down to the end of the year.  With three drinking weeks left, start nominating your wines of the year.  And, if you like, nominate a wine experience of the year. I'm going to have to think about the WOTY for a while, and I'll update this OP as things occur to me, but I'm going to say it wasn't a year full of head turning win... Read More

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  • Quixote Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This is 100% Sauvignon from Quixotes Estate Vineyard. It spent 20 months aging in French oak (50%) new. 242 cases were produced. Dark berry compote laced with bits of clove and nutmeg emerges from the nose. Black cherry, fig and plum flavors dominate the nuanced palate. Bits of caramel, earth and espresso are evident on the notable finish. Delic... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Odette Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    Odettes Cabernet was produced from select blocks on their Estate Vineyard. Roughly 500 cases were produced. This is one of the darkest and inkiest wines in the collection from the first whiff of Blackberry and boysenberry. There is a mineral laden element that emerges on the nose and carries through the last sip that really distinguishes this of... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


  • Hartwell Estate Vineyards Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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    This was produced entirely from their Estate Vineyard; 600 cases were bottled. The operative words here are dark and brooding. Everything about this Cabernet from the blackberry laced nose to the rich palate stuffed with black cherry, dark chocolate and more all lead in that direction. Blueberry, chocolate sauce and red earth are all present on ... Read More

    Wine review by Gabe Sasso


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