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Hollick 2009 Hollick, 2009, Shiraz Wrattonbully, Australia Ian Hollick is regarded as one of the finest producers in Coonawarra, one of the prestigious growing regions in South Australia. Together with his wife, Wendy, he started Hollick Wines back in 1983. Since their humble beginnings Ian has produced dozens of award winning wines and now owns over 200 acres of vineyards. In 1998 he went in search of new terroirs and found that Wrattonbully had similar soils to the famed Coonawarra region. He planted a vineyard here to Shiraz, and called it Red Ridge. This Shiraz displays a the classic fruit forward style of Australia. The color is a classic inky black with a purple shade to the rim, indicating youth. The nose bursts with an abundance of sweet fruit flavors, including black cherry, raisin and sweet spices. The palate is full bodied, dry yet very ripe, with soft and supple…

Video by James Cluer, MW, Contributing Wine Editor – www.finevintagewineclub.com About Heitz Wine Cellars “Heitz Wine Cellars inhabits a pristine valley in the eastern hills of St. Helena known to the locals as Spring Valley. In 1964, Joe and Alice Heitz acquired this 160-acre ranch and winery to accommodate their burgeoning family business.” “The gray stone cellar, constructed of hand-chiseled perlite in 1898, safeguards Heitz’ collection of French oak barrels which are filled with aging wine. The rich patina of its weathered walls is in perfect harmony with the high-tech equipment dotting the landscape of the winery’s grounds in the 21st century.” www.heitzcellar.com

Wine Tasting at Mount Everest Our Contributing Wine Editor @JamesCluer takes his wine tasting to a whole new level! Fascinating trip, amazing views, remarkable sherpas and an experience of a lifetime. Incredible notes on elevation and the effects on wine. James is a Wine consultant for Qatar Airlines James Cluer, Contributing Wine Editor, www.finevintagewineclub.com