In her 26th vintage, owner / winemaker Stephanie Toole has produced a beautiful and utterly delicious riesling entirely from fruit grown at her Watervale vineyard.
“2018 was a dream run: a low-stress vintage with the fruit ripening evenly following dry seasonal conditions. All very positive except for the lowish yield, which means our 2018’s will sell quickly.”
Stephanie Toole, winemaker.
Lime green tints to the edge of the glass indicate this wine's youthful vitality which shows, too, in its aroma which is delicate, floral and also reminiscent of limes. No surprise then that the citrus tones form the base of its taste too, wrapped around a silky mountain stream minerality, juicy, lime blossom spring florals and a long, crisp, cleansing finish. Simply divine. Will repay a decade or more in the cellar, if you possess the restraint.
Mount Horrocks Wines restricts production to approximately 3,500 cases per annum to achieve the highest quality single vineyard wines. All three estate-owned Clare Valley vineyards, totalling ten hectares, are 'A certified' by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Stephanie carefully crafts essentially hand-made food wines with emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours. Only estate grown grapes are used and these are hand-picked and gently handled under conditions that ensure the varietal and site-specific flavours in the resultant wine, as well as its organic status, are retained. As no finings have been found necessary the wines are all suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Only the finest French oak barriques are used for those wines spending time in barrel.
CAMPBELL MATTINSON - THE WINE FRONT
It’s a dry, slatey, long-flavoured release. The flavours sail through the palate and then just hang around. It feels straight/direct but somehow easy-going; it’s an unfussed wine. Purity of citrus-driven fruit is as you would expect, there’s a lime leaf note, a sherbet-bomb character. In short, it’s in the zone.