Mount Horrocks Wines located in Clare Valley (South Australia) is a tiny winery that crafts mind blowing wines. Stephanie Toole is the owner and winemaker of Mount Horrocks Wines. Mount Horrocks Wines produces only about 2500 dozen cases a year as Stephanie wants to retain the authenticity and sense of place that each wine represents. All the grapes come from the 3 single vineyards she owns and manages.
Stephanie is known in the wine circle as a Riesling Whisperer of sorts. Her dry Watervale Riesling is complex and beautiful with fresh floral and apricot notes and a steely backbone. The wine has great longevity and can be kept for 15+ years if you are patient. The intensity and flavour concentration ensure that the wine ages beautifully. With about 900 dozen made, most of the wine are sold domestically even before the first overseas orders come in.
As much as the Watervale Riesling is stunning, the Cordon Cut Riesling is the wine that truly sets Mount Horrocks Wines apart. Cordon Cut is a process where the vine cane is deliberately severed with the grapes still attached and left to shrivel on its cane for about seven weeks. This process allows the grapes to raisin while retaining freshness and acidity. Unlike botrytised dessert Rieslings that could be cloying, the Cordon Cut Riesling is packed with fruits. The wine is sweet but doesn’t stick to the throat as the acidity keeps the whole package fresh.
The Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling is highly rated by wine critics. Interesting accolades include being the only Australian wine served (over mega big and famous brands) at the official Lord Mayor of London’s luncheon to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday in 2006, and as a cheeky entry in the book “1001 Wines to Try before You Die”.
Besides the 2 excellent Rieslings, the Mount Horrocks Semillon is an amazing white wine. This wine was rated “Top 10 Australian Dry Semillons” by Australian wine critic Jeremy Oliver.
Mount Horrocks Wines also produces a single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Unlike the Barossa Valley, Coonawarra and McLaren Vale styles, these are cool climate red wines. The wines are elegant, soft and perfectly balanced. They aren’t fruit bombs typically associated with South Australian reds and can be enjoyed without enduring a numb tongue and a throbbing headache afterwards.
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