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Returning to his home along the Nagambie Lakes after the completion of service during World War II, Eric Purbrick discovered a cache of wine, hidden circa 1876 under the family estate cellars. Though pale in colour, it was sound and drinkable after seven decades. The promise of long lived red wine inspired Purbrick to establish new plantings at Chateau Tahbilk in 1949, today they are some of Victoria's oldest productive Cabernet Sauvignon vines. Having barely scraped through the ravages of phyloxera and a period of disrepute, the fortunes of Tahbilk were turned around by Purbrick who was the first to market Australian wine under its varietal name. Tahbilk proudly hosts the largest, single holding of Marsanne on the planet. Tahbilk's original rows of Shiraz are commonly cited as one of the great vineyards of the world, regularly sampled at international competitions against illustrious icons such as Romanee Conti and Chateau Lafite, Vega Sicilia and Chateau.. Phyloxera, ancient cellars & seriously old vines»
There were two scrub covered parcels of land, just outside Pokolbin village along McDonalds Road, that local council had long set aside for use as cricket ground and cemetery. Both were ultimately auctioned off to the highest bidders and sown to vine. A third undeveloped site became the subject of a long running feud among the new and old neighbours. Dodgy invoices between the rivals were exchanged and the division of firewood became a further cause of contention. A truce was eventually called by the two protagonists, Brokenwood and Hungerford Hill, for the sake of healthy viticulture. The nascent blocks achieved international renown as the eminent Cricket Pitch and the Langtons Listed Graveyard Vineyard, establishing Brokenwood as one of the most cherished marques in Hunter Valley wine... Sociable soils make for healthy vine»

Hollick Tannery Block Cabernet Merlot CONFIRM VINTAGE

Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Cabernet Franc Petit Verdot Coonawarra South Australia
A mostly Cabernet wine with a tenth of Merlot, a jot of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, representing almost a third of Hollick's annual production. Previous vintages of Tannery Block have won numerous prestigious awards, including the pre-eminent Jimmy Watson, Robert Bryce and Arthur Kelman Trophies. This uniquely Australian style is fashioned in the tradition of the great Cabernet Merlot accords which have made Coonawarra renowned for red wine throughout the world. So named after the leather tanning pits on the original Hollick property in Coonawarra.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
$251.00
The combination of old vines, relatively cool climate and unique Terra rossa soils underneath the Hollick vineyard produce intense Cabernet and Merlot fruit, the grapes showing good ripeness, excellent colours and a soft tannin profile. The long and cool, dry growing seasons that prevail in the cigar shaped Coonawarra provide the ideal conditions for grapes to accumulate intense flavours and fine tannins. Following the harvest, bunches are minimally handled to retain the intense fruit flavours of the vineyard. Partial barrel fermentation, followed by eighteen months maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels, infuses elegance, structure and a long finish to the stately palate.
Bright ruby red with purple hues. Varietal Cabernet aromas of blackcurrant and mulberry are complimented by the softer Merlot notes of violet, dark chocolates and plum. A seamless and complex Coonawarra, showing blackberry and cassis, choc mint and plums woven with finely integrated oak. The finish is long with a soft texture and silky tannin structure. A fabulous wine to accompany roast lamb and crisp rosemary potato.
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