Coonawarra's Terra Rossa soil is some of the most famous soil in the world. The classic Terra Rossa over limestone, provides excellent drainage and the right balance of nutrients, the ideal medium for vine growth and production of high quality fruit.
The climate of Coonawarra is markedly influenced by proximity to the coast, creating morning cloud cover, which has a profound effect on sunshine hours and hence, fruit development. This moderating effect provides optimum conditions for ripening – long and slow – allowing maximum flavour accumulation and development of fine tannins.
Since the renaissance of Coonawarra in the 1950s, the region has produced many classic red wines, mainly based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Coonawarra has become synonymous with this grape variety and is recognised and admired world wide as a leading area for the production of premium quality table wines. The long and cool ripening season also produces white wines of distinction, particularly from Riesling, Chardonnays and more recently Sauvignon Blanc.
In the vineyard, Hollick wines utilise a blend of traditional methods and modern technology, which are employed to achieve balance in the wine and consistency of style in the market place.
This 12 hectare vineyard was one of the original John Riddoch selections in Coonawarra and prior to the commencement of planting in 1975 was a dairy farm. The vineyard is largely planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a small area planted to Pinot Noir.
Consistently producing exemplary fruit, much of its production is generally earmarked for inclusion in the Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon and Neilson's Block Merlot wines.
Extensive canopy renovation of the original 1975 Cabernet Sauvignon plantings was commenced in 2002.
The 80 plus hectare Wilgha property was purchased by Ian and Wendy in 1987. The property featured established, dry grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards with the Shiraz today forming the backbone of the Wilgha Shiraz. The vineyard was developed steadily with the bulk of the planting occurring in 1993 and 1994. The total area under vine is 45 hectares today.
The vineyard also features the "Italian Block" where varieties such as Sangiovese, Barbera and Nebbiolo have been trialled for their suitability in Coonawarra.