Hollick Limestone Coast Shiraz 1998
Syrah/Shiraz from Australia
A selection of the best Shiraz grown on the Hollick Wilgha vineyard is put aside for this wine. It expresses the distinctive characteristics of the variety, when grown in a cool region on rich Terra Rossa soil.
Fruit is picked at optimum ripeness, crushed and fermented in stainless steel and then matured for twelve months in new American oak hogsheads. The resulting wine is deep crimson in colour, showing the typical spice and white pepper aroma and flavour of cool climate Shiraz.
Oak maturation contributes vanillin and faint caramel flavours, while contributing to the complexity, overall balance and drinkability of the wine. We recommend serving with red meats and cellaring for 7 to 10 years.
Hollick Wines Winery
Hollick Wines is a small, independent, family-owned winery, located on one of the original John Riddoch Coonawarra selections in the cool South East corner of South Australia. Planting of the classic varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling began in 1975 under the guidance of Ian Hollick. The first commercial wine under the Hollick label -- a Cabernet Sauvignon -- was released in 1983. Successful vintages followed, with wines across the Hollick range winning numerous trophies and medals at National Wine Shows, including the 1985 Jimmy Watson Trophy.
Fifty-two hectares of the Hollick Coonawarra property and twenty hectares of a Wrattonbully property are now under vine. Eighty percent is planted to red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Pinot Noir. The balance of the vineyards are planted to the white varieties of Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
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About Other Australia
With a landmass the size of the US, Australia has just as many appellations. Many wines are simply labeled from their state of origin. Some of these are the most popular:
New South Wales - New South Wales has a variety of smaller wine growing regions. Many wines are a blend of these smaller appellations, leading to the more encompassing designation of New South Wales.
Western Australia – A small percentage of Australia’s winemaking occurs on the West Coast. The largest Australian state, Western Australia, includes the appellations Margaret River and Great Southern.
Southeastern Australia – This appellation encompasses the states of South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. Grapes are often trucked in from at least 2 of these states for crushing and bottling, giving the wine a more general appellation of origin. This is the broadest appellation in Australia.
Like the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale
, Clare Valley
and Barossa Valley
. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley
, while the smaller, southern state of
is best known for theYarra Valley
. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River
at the southern tip.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.