Hollick Red Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 is a delightful clear red, crimson in shade, and backed up by youthful deep purple tones. On the nose you are met with perfectly ripe red fruits followed by dark plums from these two darker skinned varieties. The taste is that of your classic Aussie Shiraz and Cabernet blend. The wine is full-bodied in style with rounded fully ripe tannins. This wine is drinking well now but it will happily rest in a the right conditions for a few (around five) years.
As a big fruity Aussie delight this will match nicely with a Barbie on a good summer's day. It is also ideal with slow roasted pork.
|Grape||Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend|
|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Red and Black Fruit, Ripe Tannins|
|Region||Limestone Coast, South Eastern Australia
About the region and producer
Both Wrattonbully and Coonawarra are part of The Limestone Coast Region in Australia. Coonawarra is renowned as one of Australia's finest wine regions and is particularly known for producing world class red wines, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. The rich red terra rossa soils over limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes produce wines of elegance and longevity.
In 1974 Ian Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern end of the Coonawarra district. This small block of land was one of the original allocations in the Coonawarra Fruit Colony which John Riddoch founded in 1890. It was never developed as a fruit block, but instead was the site of a tannery, and later a dairy farm.
In 1975 the Hollick's commenced developing this vineyard, progressively planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Ian Hollick's involvement with viticulture goes way back to his childhood in Mildura as the son of a soldier settler fruit blocker. After studying Agricultural Science at Dookie Agricultural College, and a tenure with Mildara Wines Coonawarra as National Vineyard Manager, Ian, along with Wendy, launched Hollick Wines in 1983.
The original slab cottage located on Neilson’s Block was restored and opened as the Hollick Cellar Door. This historic building remains at the entrance to Hollick Estates today. The heritage listed cottage dating back to the 1860’s was the reputed birthplace of famous lyric poet John Shaw Neilson. Cellar Door sales were carried out in the cottage until 2002 when a new cellar door sales area and restaurant (Upstairs at Hollick) were built to fulfil the demand for a winery restaurant in Coonawarra. The integration of old and new has been outstandingly successful making Hollick Estates a ‘must see’ in Coonawarra.
Hollick Estates launched onto the national and international wine scene by winning the 1985 Jimmy Watson Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Demand for the Hollick product was such that expansion was necessary, and in 1987 Ian and Wendy Hollick purchased the nearby "Wilgha" vineyard, to supplement their existing production. In 1998 the Hollick's developed their “Red Ridge” vineyard in the neighbouring region of Wrattonbully, adding further diversification and regional variation to the portfolio. Further plantings of Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Petit Verdot, and even more recently Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Barbera and Savagnin have also taken place.
Vineyard and Wine Making
Hollick "Red Ridge" Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon takes its name from the red soils in the Coonawarra and Wrattonbully sub-regions, this blend is made in the traditional Australian style. Wrattonbully’s terra rossa soil over limestone produces juicy, spicy Shiraz, whilst Coonawarra’s soil and climate produces classic Cabernet Sauvignon
flavours of mixed berries with an abundance of fine tannins. The combination results in a complementary balance of full fruit flavours. A cool and dry April was perfect for ripening, allowing full flavour development and optimal sugar levels. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are both highly rated by Coonawarra winemakers. Shiraz is showing bright fruits with high colour intensity. Cabernet is deep and rich in colour with great varietal definition and soft ripe tannins. Careful handling in the winery ensured that the vibrant flavours seen in the vineyard are evident in the resultant wine.
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