Hollick produced one of the most pleasant surprises of Coonawarra's 2006 vintage for me, courtesy of their assertively oaked yet smooth and stylish 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon (94pts). After no wine was released from the frost ravaged 2007 season (at least as far as I know), Hollick's returned with a cabernet from a vintage that's shaping up to be much more favourable for Coonawarra.
Somewhat herbal by regional standards, Hollick's 2008 shows an enlivened note of menthol sitting above its nicely ripened fragrance of blackcurrant, cherry and dark plums with toasty chocolate oak. Presenting the youthful brashness expected of such a young Coonawarra, its medium-bodied, notably dry yet rich dark berry/cherry flavours are overcome by a powdery coverage of savoury tannins and bright acids, leaving the mouth with lingering impressions of dried herb and mint through a very long, dry finish drawn out by tannic impact.
ü Very polished, regional and traditional; a little more patience will do this young wine wonders. Drink 2013-2020.