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Hollick Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cracka Review

It’s the great Australian red blend but not one that’s always associated with Coonawarra, but in the safe hands of Hollick it becomes a wine that deserves to be drunk now with something suitably meaty off the barbecue hot plate. The Shiraz is sourced from a mixture of Wrattonbully and Coonawarra vineyards and shows a generosity of fruit with ample spice enlivened by hints of licorice, menthol and mocha. Nicely full-bodied, with good structure and intensity.

Winemaker's Notes

It is these uniquely Australian wine blends of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon that helped make Australian wine famous. The Hollick Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a style that gives early drinkability and medium term cellaring potential.

Appearance: Intense deep red/purple with crimson hues

Aromas: Fruit aromas of plum and berries are enhanced by hints of violets, spice, chocolate and liquorice.

Flavours: Ripe dark berry fruit flavours of blackcurrants, mulberries and prunes. Subtle undercurrents of mocha, mint and black olives are complemented by the soft tannins and lingering finish.

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Hollick Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Red-purple hue; a well-balanced, medium-bodied wine with a touch of spice from the shiraz, and black fruits from the cabernet sauvignon; the tannins are very good, running the length of the palate.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
90
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Still to settle, this honest, spicy and rather leathery shiraz blend should become charmingly rich and smooth in the medium term. Complex aromas of dark plums, smoky dark chocolate oak, cassis and cedar precede a generous, succulent palate whose rich, jammy fruit is backed by a supple but firmish spine and punctuated by fresh acids.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
This is a blend of Coonawarra and Wrattonbully (regions) grapes, and then a blend of shiraz (65 per cent) and cabernet sauvignon (35 per cent). The 2007 vintage was affected by frost. It's a good, solid wine though it seems to lack a bit of life, and maybe some punch too. It tastes of blackcurrant, minerals, bitter herbs and gumleaves, though its sweet, raisiny aftertaste does its best to put the show back on the road. It's a decent red, no problems, though it doesn't stand out.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
88
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Blackberry shiraz fleshing out the palate with cigar box leafy cabernet notes.
Rob Geddes MW
88
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Spicy, peppery and cedary, with chocolatey scents of small black and red berries, cedar and vanilla before a long, dark, firmish and juicy palate. Assertively oaked and quite aggressively structured, with deep plum and berry-like flavour, it is however well balanced and is destined to improve after a short time in the bottle.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
90
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Bright, crystal clear colour; supple red cherry and cassis fruit flavours run through the length of the palate; good finish and aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
90
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2006 Vintage) says
This is a blend of Coonawarra and Wrattonbully (regions) grapes, and then a blend of shiraz (65 per cent) and cabernet sauvignon (35 per cent). The 2007 vintage was affected by frost. There's an old style of claret that some readers may be familiar with, and we reckon this fits into that mould. It's medium-bodied, clean and precise, more old-school than a plump fruit-driven wine. It's refreshing, balanced and long enough, with flavours of red berries, pepper, aniseed and smart, cedary oak. Has a slightly bitter twigginess in the aftertaste that we don't mind, though some will. Others will really dig it.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
90
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An attractive medium-bodied combination of blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, complexed by notes of spice; good tannins and balance. Excellent value.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
90
Nick Stock (2005 Vintage) says
This blend of Wrattonbully and Coonawarra fruit, a well-crafted mid-week BBQ red, has some bright brambly berries and gentle oak influence. The palate is driven by a succinct core of fine tannins carrying ripe blackberry flavours, finishing with fragrant lift and concise balance.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
91
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Honest and flavoursome, with just a little style, it has a peppery, spicy aroma of cassis, blackberries and lightly smoky vanilla oak lifted by a whiff of clove and cinnamon. Long, smooth and measured, its vibrant, juicy flavours of dark cherries and plums are sweetly oaked, finishing with fine tannins and a hint of licorice.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
89
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Blackberry shiraz fleshing out the palate with cigar box leafy cabernet notes.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; slightly lean earth and olive overtones to the blackberry and blackcurrant fruit; very fine texture and structure.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Strongly coloured, the bouquet has plenty of intensity, with a mix of savoury/earthy/berry aromas leading into a marvellously fleshy palate with lovely mouthfeel, sweet fruit and fine, ripe tannins. An uncomplicated wine at an uncomplicated price.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89

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