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Black Estate

Paton's Rd, Axe Creek (PO Box 2281, Bendigo Mail Centre, 3554)

Ph: (03) 5442 8048

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Black Estate Stall at Melbourne's Federation Square Regional Showcase

Black Estate is a small family owned vineyard located about 25 km east of Bendigo near Lake Eppalock on the site of a famous defunct nineteenth century winery.

Wine was first produced at Axe Creek in 1860 by three German immigrants. They developed a substantial vineyard and winery operation called "Hercynia Vineyard" in the 1870's and 1880's and became the largest single site vineyard in the Bendigo region.

The Hercynia Vineyard wines received broad acclaim for their quality in the 1880's, winning a number of international wine shows and local gold medals. The dreaded phylloxera aphid brought an end to the vineyard in 1893, and it has remained "wine-free" until the arrival of the Black family in 1997.

The Blacks 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.

Further expansion may be restricted by water availability - they rely solely on catchment dams for their irrigation needs. The portfolio consists of Shiraz and a Vintage Port.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Black Estate Shiraz 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2023

(GXY) Tasting: April 2017, aromatic and concentrated blackberry and dark plums with eucalyptus, anise, violet and white pepper notes, despite the warmer vintage this has better line and length than previous releases I have tried, minerally palate, spicy cinnamon/roast coffee US and French oak support and grainy tannins (****)

Black Estate Shiraz 2012

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: May 2014, tasted on day of release, perfumed and vibrant blackberry and cassis with liquorice, violet, eucalypt and pepper notes, earthy and medium bodied with some glycerolly mid-palate plumpness, some green edges to the sappy acidity, ample spicy roast coffee-vanilla from the US and French oak, fine, grainy tannins (***1/2)

Black Estate Shiraz 2010

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2013, Bronze Medal at Australian Small Winemakers Show 2012, slightly hazy colour, rich and medium-full bodied blackberry and plum with earth and eucalypt notes, plenty of  spicy cinnamon-vanilla-coffee from the US and French oak, slightly green tinged acidity, open knit, grainy tannins (***1/2)

Black Estate Shiraz 2008

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, flavoursome and medium-full bodied blackberry and plum with the regional earthiness, ample spicy cinnamon-vanilla and dark chocolate from the US and French oak, fine and open knit tannins (***)

Black Estate Shiraz 2005

Purchased: Not ($20)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Mar 2008, more full bodied than usual, rich and ripe blackcurrant and dark plum with liquorice and menthol features, spicy and earthy, the mainly French oak brings cocoa and chocolate aspects to the back palate, backbone of fine dusty tannins (***1/2)

Black Estate Seven Rows Vintage Port 2005

Purchased: Not ($15 for 375 ml or $25 for 750 ml)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, rich and sweet port style with caramel, sweet plum and toffee features (***1/2)

Black Estate Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($18)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, ripe blackberry and plum with chocolate, cocoa and liquorice notes, medium bodied palate showing some signs of heat stress, modest oaking and well rounded tannic structure, will do better in a cooler vintage (***)