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This wine is named for the leather tanning pits which were dug into the Terra Rossa soil last Century on the original Hollick property in Coonawarra. It was here that the Hollick family planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, two classic grape varieties which when blended, create a great fabulous food wine. The combination of old vines, a relatively cool climate and the unique soils of the vineyards, produces distinctive and impressively intense Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Coonawarra experienced optimum conditions during the 2008 growing season. Early spring rains after a dry winter promoted excellent budburst and flowering. The cool conditions in February allowed good flavour development before the heat of March hastened the ripening. Yields were marginally below the average, with the fruit showing intense colour and rich ripe flavours. In the winery, the grapes were handled carefully to retain the fruit flavours developed in the vineyard. Partial barrel fermentation followed by 18 months maturation in a combination of French and American oak barrels, has given the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot an elegant structure and a long finish.Appearance: Bright ruby red with purple hues at the rim. Aromas: Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackcurrants and mulberries are complimented by the softer Merlot notes of violets, plums and dark chocolate. Flavours: A seamless and complex Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot blend showing blackberry, cassis, choc mint, and plums with finely integrated oak. The finish is long with a soft texture and silky tannin structure. Cabernet Sauvignon 90%, Merlot 10%.