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HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 1992

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HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 1992 HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 1992

HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 1992

HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra
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HOLLICK Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra
  • Style: Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Vintage: 1992
  • Region: Coonawarra
  • Code: HRCCS
  • Appellation: South Australia
  • Country: Australia

Region Coonawarra

Coonawarra

The first vines were planted in Coonawarra by John Riddoch in 1890, however it was not until the renewed interest in table wine production in the 1950's that Coonawarra was brought into the limelight. Located almost 380 km southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is today one of the most famous red wine regions in Australia. Its weathered limestone terra rossa soils, avaibility of water and relatively cool maritime climate make it a unique viticultural region. Extremely flat and unprotected, Coonawarra is exposed both to the swinging influences of the cool Great Southern Ocean and hot, dry northerly winds. Spring frosts also pose a major threat with the potential to wipe out entire crops. Mechanical harvesting is widely employed in the region although smaller producers prefer to tend their vines by hand. Coonawarra is best known for classically-styled Cabernet Sauvignon, although in good years, Shiraz from the region is also very compelling.

Winery HOLLICK

Langton’s Selections Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Hollick is an important Coonawarra winery with a very fine reputation among fine wine drinkers. In some respects it is something of secret even though it won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1985. Curiously it has a very quiet profile on the secondary wine market despite the outstanding quality of its wines. Ian Hollick, who had been Mildara’s national vineyard manager for many years, established the Hollick vineyard on 12 hectares of prime Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil in 1975. A winery was built in 1984. The cellar door is the former childhood home of John Shaw Nielson, a prominent Australian lyric poet of the late 19th century. Today the winery has around 200 acres of vineyard holdings including plantings of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Neilson’s Block (planted 1975) is the jewel vineyard and the main source of Hollick’s seductive, immensely perfumed and beauti
Langton’s Selections Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon Hollick is an important Coonawarra winery with a very fine reputation among fine wine drinkers. In some respects it is something of secret even though it won the coveted Jimmy Watson Trophy in 1985. Curiously it has a very quiet profile on the secondary wine market despite the outstanding quality of its wines. Ian Hollick, who had been Mildara’s national vineyard manager for many years, established the Hollick vineyard on 12 hectares of prime Coonawarra Terra Rossa soil in 1975. A winery was built in 1984. The cellar door is the former childhood home of John Shaw Nielson, a prominent Australian lyric poet of the late 19th century. Today the winery has around 200 acres of vineyard holdings including plantings of Italian varieties Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Neilson’s Block (planted 1975) is the jewel vineyard and the main source of Hollick’s seductive, immensely perfumed and beautifully balanced Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon. The 80 hectare Wilgha property (1987) comprises over 45 hectares of dry grown vines principally planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. In 1998 Ian Hollick ventured out of Coonawarra and developed the Red Ridge vineyard at Wrattonbully. The product range for such a small winery is almost bewildering and includes an avant garde range dedicated to unusual blends and Italian and Spanish grape varieties. Top of this list, however, is Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, a special selection and verging on an essence-of-Coonawarra style, is sourced from the oldest vines, trellised on a single wire and bi-lateral cordon and growing in the shallowest Terra Rossa soils. Meticulous vineyard management, including cover crops and individual row controlled drip irrigation ensures high-quality, low-yielding fruit with optimum skin to juice ratios. The wine is vinified in static fermenters with regular pumping over. Towards dryness the wine is pressed, drained and then transferred into 100% new Seguin Moreau French oak barriques to complete fermentation. The wine is then racked off lees and matured in the same oak for a period of 18 months. Ravenswood is only made in top vintages. Hollick Wilgha Shiraz sees 100% American oak. The wines have plenty of cassis, cedar aromas and a grainy textured palate underpinned by oak. The Neilson’s Block Merlot, which makes up the trifecta of ‘Black Label Icon Wines’, is a more recent addition. Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – which is also comprised of some Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot – is vinified in classical Bordelais fashion, but is matured in approximately 30% new French oak hogsheads. Hollick is making classic Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot with highly defined blackcurrant aromas, fine-grained tannins and balance. The Ravenswood label has been around for some time, but is rather unexposed on the secondary market. Indeed it remains seriously undervalued. Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's
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