Neilson's Block Merlot
The Hollick Neilson's Block Merlot is made from a selection of the best fruit from the mature high density vineyard named after noted Australian lyric poet John Shaw Neilson who was born in the cottage at the entrance to the Hollick cellar door complex.
Neilson's Block is located adjacent to the Hollick Winery at the cool southern end of Coonawarra on the famed terra rossa strip. The long cool growing season that has established Coonawarra as the pre-eminent region for Cabernet Sauvignon is also ideally suited to producing exceptional Merlot.
The Neilson's Block Coonawarra Merlot completes the trio of Icon wines from Hollick. In the tradition of the Hollick Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon and the Wilgha Shiraz, the Neilson's Block will only be released in exceptional years.
2008 Vintage Reviews
'The 2008 Neilson's Merlot is a cracker and one of the best Australian merlots I have come across.' - 95 Points
'Deep, impressive colour; both the bouquet and palate have highly expressive fruit and oak ex 18 months in new French oak hogsheads; it is medium-bodied, with plush cassis and plum fruit, ripe tannins and good length.' - 94 Points
'Fine, polished tannin, plush - exquisite length. Undoubtedly up there as one of Australia's finest Merlots.'