Riversands Wines

Black Magic Vintage Fortified 2017


An easy drinking vintage fortified with fruity berry flavours.  Made from shiraz, ruby cabernet and cabernet sauvignon grapes and aged in old oak barrels for 8 months. Perfect on camping trips! 

Black Magic Vintage fortified honours WW2 fighter pilot Warrent Officer Leonard Victor Waters (1924-1993). He was the first known aboriginal fighter pilot in the war as distinct from bomber pilots.

As an 18 yo shearer from Nindigully, Qld, he joined the RAAF on 24 August 1942 and trained as a mechanic. Len was accepted for pilot training at Narrandera, graduating in Uranquinty NSW. He attained the rank of Sergeant on 1 July 1944 before being posted to the 78th Kittyhawk squadron in November 1944.

In total he flew 54 sorties over the skies of PNG and Borneo most of them in his kittyhawk nick named “Black Magic” by the previous pilot Denny Baker. The sorties involved ground attacks and fighter sweeps over Japanese held positions in New Guinea & Dutch East Indies during late 1944 and 1945. In 1946 he was promoted to Warrent Officer. Len was a Kamilaroi man who after the war spent most of his working life in St George. 

See his story on the video link





Ageing Potential

Very enjoyable now, however flavours will develop with cellaring, ideally 5 years. Drink within 10 years.


18% alc/vol 10.7 standard drinks

Serving Temperature

Room temperature or lightly chilled (10 C).

Black Magic gift

For a special gift purchase the biography “The Missing Man” by Peter Rees with a bottle of our Black Magic 2017 vintage fortified gift wrapped for $59.00 plus postage. We can gift post to your friends or relatives anywhere in Australia with a message included. Order the gift pack by clicking this link: https://www.riversandswines.com/unique-gifts Freecall 1800 357 622. 

In the book Peter Rees chronicles the powerful and at times tragic story of Len Waters, Australia’s first WW2 aboriginal fighter pilot. The legend of Len Waters began in 1944 when he joined the RAAF training as a mechanic then pilot.

Based with the 78th squadron in New Guinea and Borneo he went on to fly 54 combat sorties many of them in his Kittyhawk coincidentally nick named “Black Magic” by its previous pilot Denny Baker.

After the war he settled in St George and married Gladys Saunders, raising a family of six. He believed he could “live on both sides of the fence” and be part of Australia’s emerging airline industry. He just wanted to fly but instead became the missing man in Australia’s wartime flying history.

Enjoy the book with a glass of Black Magic vintage fortified and chocolate truffles or fruitcake!