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: Hollick



Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, 5263

(PO Box 9B, Coonawarra, 5263)

Cellar Door: Daily (9-5)

Ph: (08) 8737 2318

Hollick wines from Wrattonbully region



Hollick is now one of the region's most substantial wineries still under family ownership.

Hollick wines are made from three core vineyards. The original Neilson's Block, planted by Dookie wine school-graduate Ian Hollick and his wife Wendy (a teacher who is now a passionate wine educator) in 1975.

The nearby Wilgha vineyard was purchased in 1987, and the Red Ridge vineyard developed in 1998 at Wrattonbully, giving Hollick over 200 acres of vineyard in total.

Eighty percent of the vineyards are planted with red varieties, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Tempranillo and Petit Verdot. The remaining balance of the vineyards is planted with the white varieties: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Albarinoand Semillon.

A historic cottage, which was restored in 1983 is a feature of the entrance to the winery. The 1860s cottage is heritage listed, was the birthplace of lyric poet John Shaw Neilson and acted as Hollick'soriginal cellar door.

A modern million dollar cellar door and restaurant complex was opened in 2002.

David Norman, whose family ran the once huge Norman wine company, was the chief winemaker but it is now done by Ian Holilck and Matthew Caldersmith.

The super-premium is the Ravenswood Cabernet but I have also enjoyed the sparkling Merlot, Nectar sticky and the Reserve Chardonnay almost as much.

cellar door
Hollick cellar door (photo:genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Hollick Bond Road Chardonnay 2013

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink:  2020

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, partial malo, honey dew melon, white peach and orange peel with struck match notes, modest lees input and restrained cashew French oak (***1/2)

Hollick Bond Road Saugvignon Blanc 2015

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: June 2016, fresh kiwifruit, white peach and lemon with the minerally backbone coming to the fore, tangy orange peel acidity (***)

Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink:  2024+

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2015, elegant cassis, mulberry and blackberry with mint, violet and sage notes, earthy and medium-full bodied palate, dusty, pliant tannins with charry dark chocolate/cedar oak, good line and length (****)

Hollick Tannery Block Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2012, smooth evenly weighted core of blackcurrant, plum and redcurrant fruit with violet and mint notes, earthy and medium bodied and savoury edged with cedar and dark chocolate on the finish, persistent, fine but chewy tannins (****)

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, violet-perfumed with an intense essency entry showing mulberry, plum and cassis fruit, the focussed medium-full bodied palate also shows some dried herb, mint and emergent earth and minerals, persistent but pliant dusty tannins with smoky cedar/vanilla from the 30% new French oak (****)

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2011, perfumed and smooth blackcurrant, plum and black cherry with violet and white pepper notes, minerally and medium bodied with the French and US oak brining cedar/vanilla oak and a choc-mint finish, chalky tannins (***1/2)

Hollick Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, stylish and well balanced showing flavoursome and deep set cassis with flashes of red fruit, violet and menthol, earthy and medium bodied with lots of cedary French oak (30% new), bright acids and lingering dusty tannins, one for the cellar (****)

Hollick Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2009

Purchased: Not ($21)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2010, the 10% Semillon in the blend seems to doing more than its share of the work, lively cut grass, green apple, lemon with a touch of passionfruit and dried herb, minerally with barrel ferment texture and a creamy mid-palate (***1/2)

Hollick The Nectar Botrytis Riesling 2008

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, the low alcohol and lower botrytis levels are a real plus with this sticky, lush lime marmalade, apricot and mandarin with vibrant citric acidity, terrific length and balance (****)

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2009, long and medium-full bodied blackcurrant with mint, game and violet notes, rather cedary and smoky with some dark chocolate and mocha notes interspersed with a persistent backbone of dusty tannins (***1/2)

Hollick Reserve Coonawarra Chardonnay 2006

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, Bronze Medal at Limestone Coast Wine Show 2007, restrained tropical fruit, honeydew melon and nectarine, creamy lemon brulee and butterscotch palate, partial malo and six months on yeast lees, refreshing stonefruit acidity, spicy French oak (****)

Hollick Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, some Mt. Benson content, only 10% Semillon, delicate cut grass, passionfruit and gooseberry with orange rind acidity, a bit sweaty and musky for a higher score (***1/2)

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2008, medium bodied redcurrant and plum with some dried herb and mint notes, rather cedary with French and American oak, grainy tannins (***)

Hollick Ravenswood Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Purchased: Not ($60)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, lovely blackcurrant, blackberry and liquorice with great definition, medium–full bodied and avoids the over-extractive style of some other regional ultra-premiums, emerging earthy bottle aging features, quite savoury with great length (****1/2)

Hollick The Nectar 2006

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Aug 2007, rich and sweet lime marmalade, lemon blossom and tropical fruit, Riesling, lighter botrytis input than most Australian stickies, closer in style to a German Auslese (****)

Hollick Sparkling Merlot 2005

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2008

(GXY) Tasting:Aug 2007, residual redcurrant and blackcurrant flavours are quite flavoursome, quite dry with plenty of dark chocolate, zesty bead, fairly acidic finish (****)

Hollick Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($24)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting:Aug 2007, tangy blackberry and plum with some violet and red cherry nuances, medium bodied with spicy mid-palate, good length with savoury tannins running through (****)

Hollick Unwooded Wilgha Chardonnay 2005

Purchased: Not

Drink: 2007

(GXY) Tasting: June 2006, from the 'Wilgha' Vineyard, unoaked semi-sweet, lifted style with melon and white peach flavours, hint of quince on the palate, crisp mandarin finish (***1/2)