Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon

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Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon is a dense crimson wine that has dark notes of briar and blackberry overlaid with perfumed rose petal aromas. The palate is full and rich with silky, finely textured tannins providing an elegant structure. Intense berry flavours and premium French oak harmonise perfectly into a long, delightful finish.

Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Subregion: Coonawarra
Vintage: 2010
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Limited release, excellent quality
Drink With: Enjoy with a nutty cheese such as Comté

The cool growing seasons and the Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra make it one of the best regions in the world for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. These conditions allow the fruit to develop and ripen slowly, with the resultant wines displaying extraordinary concentration of flavour and varietal purity.

Only the best parcels of Cabernet Sauvignon are earmarked for the Hollick Ravenswood and experience tells the winemaking team that this fruit will typically come from its oldest vines growing in very shallow Terra Rossa soil over limestone. Ravenswood Lane is the link between Hollick's premier plots in Coonawarra, namely the original Hollick vineyard of Neilson’s Block and the Wilgha Vineyard, both of which supply the fruit for this wine.

Good winter and spring rainfalls recharged the soils and provided near optimal growing conditions for the 2010 vintage. The resultant healthy canopies produced full flavoured and coloured fruit, although a short burst of heat in November hampered the flowering of the Cabernet Sauvignon vines which led to very low yields. In late March, the harvesting of Cabernet Sauvignon for Ravenswood began with the picking of fruit from the oldest block of vines. The vineyard crew picked for some time with little return due to very low yields, but the quality was very high. The Cabernet showed the great colour, structure, and soft velvety tannins for which Coonawarra is renowned.

Once in the winery, the utmost care was taken to preserve the fruit characters developed in the vineyard. The Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon completed fermentation in the finest French oak where it matured for a further 18 months. Hollick chose to delay release for a further 18 months to allow some bottle development. Their patience was rewarded by all of the finer elements harmonising together, culminating in a wine worthy of the Ravenswood title.

From James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion 2015:
A selection of the best parts of the vineyard is the correct starting point in my view, and here fully justified 18 months maturation in new French barriques. Has retained excellent crimson-purple colour; this is a distinguished medium to full-bodied wine, as complex as it is long, its black fruits easily handling the oak and tannins. 96 Points

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