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Andrew Nugent grew up next door to the great historical wineworks at Penfolds Magill. He honed his craft as viticulturalist and vigneron amongst the illustrious wineries of old McLaren Vale. In the 1990s, Nugent planted new vines at Woodside along Bird In Hand Road, on the site of an ancient gold mine, a godsend of fortuitously fertile soils and magnificent mesoclimes for stellar quality Adelaide Hills wine. Bird In Hand have since amassed a breathtaking tally of international accolades for the unrivalled excellence of their superlative vintages, wonderfully small batch releases, with the magnificence of structure, seamlessness and immaculacy of fruit, to enthuse curio and cognescenti alike... Vivid vintages from the tailings of adelaide hills»
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Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra South Australia
A solid Cabernet Sauvignon with profound structure and vigorous fruit, the essential Coonawarra style, exuding rich bramble, berries and cassis aromas characters over soft, elegant tannins. Extended maturation in the finest French oak contributes to the wine's overall balance and drinkability. Driven by quality and a hands on approach, representing almost a third of total Hollick production, it's predecessors have won numerous awards at national competitions, including the highly coveted Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$347.00
The long and cool, dry growing seasons that prevail in Coonawarra provide ideal conditions for grapes to accumulate intense flavours and colours. Vinified from a selection of fruit grown to older vine Cabernet Sauvignon planted in the shallow Terra rossa soils of Neilson's Block, replanted by Ian and Wendy Hollick circa 1975, with a contribution from the Wilgha vineyard, acquired in 1987. Hollick know that great wines are made on the land, to this end, grapes are handled carefully to retain the exquisite fruit flavours of the vineyard. A measure of barrel ferments, followed by twenty months maturation in a selection of new and seasoned French oak, achieves elegance and builds sound structure.
Bright crimson with purple hues. An elegant mix of mulberry, red currant and plum aromas, alluring floral notes. A round and plush wine with red currant, blackberry and cherry fruit flavours. Hints of mint, black olive and cedar add to the finely structured and balanced palate. A focused and intense wine displaying balance and elegance before a long, persistent finish. A match to crusted roast lamb, potatoes and chunky veg.
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