Merlot Coonawarra South Australia
Despite their enviable international reputation and formidable list of awards, Hollick are a small family vineyard winery at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. Since inaugural release, Hollick have received resounding critical acclaim for their innovative Sparkling Merlot. Bottled under crown seal to retain the powerful fruit and richness of mousse, serve chilled at every occasion, or as the Hollick team suggest, alongside smoked salmon and eggs benedict over grilled brioche Ouefs Hollique for a wickedly indulgent brunch.
Merlot lends itself ideally to wines of this style, intense fruit flavours and soft structure carry through to the finished wine following its secondary fermentation. Grapes are sourced from the Wilgha vineyard, a site which continually produces fruit with highly perfumed qualities, excellent structure and generous, fully ripe tannins. Fruit is picked at ripe Baumes, crushed and vinified on skins for six days in Potter fermenters. This base wine is then matured in a mixture of French and American oaks of varying ages for eighteen months. Secondary fermentation is induced by the addition of yeast and sugar, infusing a fine persistent bead, integrated toasty qualities and generous mouthfeel.
Vibrant purple with crimson hues. Clean and fresh aromas of violet, plums and blackberry are enhanced by dark chocolate notes. A wine of elegance and instant appeal, generously fruity with a predominance of plums, blueberry and raspberry flavours. Savour the mesmerising array of festive cake characters, a moreish wine and sophisticated indulgence, endowed with soft tannins, dulcet fruit flavours and vivacious effervescence.