Winery has a corker of a season
TO HAVE every one of your wines listed for at least a bronze or silver medal calls for a celebration.
It’s a lucky thing that David Blacket is in the perfect industry to do it, being one of the most prestigious wine producers in the region at Riversands Vineyards in St George.
Reflecting on a stellar year, in which his wines performed strongly in a highly competitive field, Mr Blacket couldn’t help but look back on a 2017 that delivered so much.
“It’s been a good year on the show circuit for our wines and we’ve picked up a medal or two in all the shows we’ve entered and we only enter about six to eight annually,” he said.
“I feel as though we’re really punching above our weight on the national wine circuit and it’s good to mix it with some of the big boys.”
Mr Blacket listed winning the silver medal for his sauvignon blanc at the Cowra single vineyard wine show and claiming bronze at the Brisbane Eckhart for his vintage port as some of his finest achievements of the year to date.
Even just placing in the medals is a huge achievement, according to Mr Blacket.
“It’s always a little buzz to win a medal,” he said.
“Obviously if you win it’s a bigger buzz but even bronze medals are hard to win and we’ll certainly take those.”
In terms of personal taste, Mr Blacket’s preference leans towards the drier wines but obviously, as his job entails, he is exposed to a wide range of offerings.
Consistency is the key for Mr Blacket. When asked about his future plans for wine making, his message was simple – “to keep making good wines”.
“This year’s vintage is looking good as we’ve had a lot of rain but, importantly, the fruit has come through unscathed and we have a nice crop load that isn’t too heavy,” he said.
TOP DROP: Lox and Jock Blacket proudly display the silver medal-winning Beardmore’s Dry (Sav Blanc) from the Cowra Wine Show.