Win­ery has a corker of a sea­son

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP DROP: Lox and Jock Blacket proudly dis­play the sil­ver medal-win­ning Beard­more’s Dry (Sav Blanc) from the Cowra Wine Show.

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