Stephanie Toole carefully crafts her wines from her meticulously maintained vineyards throughout the Clare Valley. With critical acclaim from Australia and abroad Mount Horrocks is emerging as one of the leading lights of the Clare Valley. The wines display varietal characteristics as well as the deft hand of a winemaker that realises her role is to bring the grapes to the table. All Stephanie’s wines are produced with fruit from her own vineyards, therefore ensuring optimum control from the vineyard to the bottle.
The Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling vineyard, in the north eastern corner of this famous Clare Valley subregion, is planted on the very edge of the highly rized red soil over limestone. Surrounded completely by open land where cattle graze, its relative isolation benefits the strict application of organic practices which Stephanie has adopted.
This is a stunning riesling. So dry, so slatey, so well fruited, so charming and so long. It’s Clare to its back teeth. Lemon-lime, florals, spice and that characteristic bath salts character. The purity and the sheer deliciousness of the citrus flavours on offer here deserve a mention in the dictionary beside the word: gorgeous. Tasted: Sept 2016; Alcohol: 12.7%; Price: $34; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2026+; Rating: 96 Points; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
Aromas are of lemon and lemon-butter with a note of dried wildflowers. The wine is full, rich, generous and powerful in the mouth, with a slight grip. Tasted with the 2016 Grosset rieslings, and it is a contrast in style. Not especially delicate or refined, but big flavoured and structured to partner stronger foods. A top vintage of this wine. Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke
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