The climate is marginally warmer than Coonawarra, facilitating grapes to ripen, on average, two weeks earlier. With similar soil profiles to Coonawarra, this temperate region is well suited to the production of premium wines.
Red Ridge Vineyard
The Hollick “Red Ridge” Wrattonbully vineyard is located near the town of Naracoorte in the GI of Wrattonbully, which is approximately 50kms north of Hollick's Coonawarra winery. The vineyard features similar soils to Coonawarra with shallow terra rossa over limestone; at the top of the ridges the terra rossa is the shallowest which is where Hollick sources some of its most intensely flavoured fruit. When developing this site, Ian Hollick was adamant that the climate would be ideally suited to Shiraz and with this belief planted 20 hectares of this variety in 1998. This belief has paid off, with the Hollick Wrattonbully Shiraz consistently achieving high scores in tastings and reviews. In 2000, a further 4 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon and a hectare each of Tempranillo and Sangiovese were planted on this site, and these plantings now form the basis of wines in Hollicks “Pushing the Boundaries” range.