The Hollick Sparkling Merlot pays homage to the innovative nature of the Hollick family. They believe the variety Merlot lends itself ideally to wines of this style. Intense fruit flavours and soft structure carry through to the finished wine after secondary fermentation to create a thoroughly appealing sparkling red wine.
The base wine for the Hollick Sparkling Merlot is fermented as usual for dry red wine, and matured in two year old French and American oak for eighteen months prior to re-fermentation. The resultant wine is liquered to a predetermined sweetness upon final packaging, and is recommended for further bottle maturation.
The Hollick Sparkling Merlot is a perfect party starter and is also an ideal accompaniment to poached eggs and smoked salmon for breakfast. A great wine to share with friends, the Hollick Sparkling Merlot will reward careful cellaring for 5 - 7 years and will develop wonderful fruitcake like characters after time.
2009 Vintage Reviews
90 points - James Halliday, Wine Companion
**** - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review