Hollick Sparkling Merlot

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Hollick Sparkling Merlot is vibrant purple with an explosion of bubbles, although this wine will develop brick red hues with bottle maturation. Clean and fresh aromas of crushed berries and cherry liqueur. Cherry mousse and crushed briar and berries are enhanced by underlying flavours of cinnamon and supple tannins.

Country: Australia
Region: South Australia
Subregion: Coonawarra
Vintage: 2014
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Merlot
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Crown cap
Style: Distinctive and delicious
Drink With: Try it for breakfast with Eggs Benedict

Hollick Sparkling Merlot is made from grapes from the Hollick Coonawarra vineyard. Made by Hollick since 1992, it continues its reputation as a wine of softness and liveliness, and can be consumed on any celebratory occasion.

The 2012 Coonawarra Vintage is described as excellent by all of the region's winemakers. Good winter rains resulted in a full soil moisture profile, leading to ample carbohydrate reserves in the vines. These optimal growing conditions, combined with an early burst of warm weather, meant that the vines started their growing cycle a couple of weeks early. The lack of frost and small but frequent rains maintained the early season.

The fruit for the 2012 Hollick Sparkling Merlot was picked, crushed and then fermented on its skins for six days in stainless steel tanks. This base wine was then matured in a mixture of French and American oak for eighteen months. The secondary yeast fermentation which changes the wine from still to sparkling, has produced a fine, persistent bead, which is fresh and fruity.

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