Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reviews

  • Halliday Wine Companion

    August 14, 2018

    2016 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon

    95 Points

    By Campbell Mattinson

    Two of the most beautiful words in the English language, when used in tandem, are ‘medium-bodied’. Or that’s what a wine like this makes you think. It’s cabernet sauvignon in effortless mode, its curranty, brambly, toasty flavours travelling through the palate in calm, confident style. Something of a masterclass.

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

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  • Sunday Telegraph

    June 14, 2018

    2016 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon

    By John Fordham

    A seamless combination of low-yielding, organically-grown fruit and partial new French oak maturation, qualifies this medium-bodied Clare Valley red for top drawer rating. Flavour definition, texture and length ensure a rewarding and magical palate journey.

    Sunday Telegraph 6th May

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

    August 15, 2017

    Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

    95 Points

    The gleaming purple-crimson colour waves the flag for a pure, medium-bodied cabernet that captures the mouth with its delicious cassis fruit, a wisp of bay leaf, ultra-fine, but persistent, tannins and French oak

    By James Halliday

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  • 95 Points, 5 Stars

    July 4, 2017

    2015 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon

    By James Halliday

    95 Points

    Clare Valley cabernet is seldom deficient in impact, but it’s usually rustic. Wendouree one exception, and this (albeit in a different mode) is another.  The gleaming crimson-purple colour waves the flag for a pure, medium-bodied cabernet that captures the mouth with its delicious cassis fruit, a wisp of bay leaf, ultra-fine, but persistent, tannins and integrated French oak.

    Wine Companion Magazine
    August/September 2017

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  • Winefront

    April 7, 2017

    2015 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvigonon

    94 Points

    Clare Valley cabernet sauvignon rules/rides again.

    This is the best red in the Mount Horrocks range this year; again. It has that extra lick of tannin, that extra push through the finish. There are some reductive characters here, in a good way, which help to bolster the medium-weight flow of curranty fruit. Both silken-texture and a general sturdiness are key positive traits. It isn’t ‘big’ by any stretch. It’s a kind of Claret/luncheon style of cabernet, composed and at one with itself, and should mature beautifully.

    By Campbell Mattison

    March 17th

    winefront.com.au

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  • WineFront

    February 16, 2017

    2014 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon

    94+ POINTS

    By Campbell Mattison

    Essence of cabernet. One for the cellar. Not particularly deep – though it’s deep enough – but most importantly it’s balanced, complex and lengthy. Dust, woodsmoke, boysenberry, cloves, redcurrant. It stretches its legs out beautifully along the palate, and out through the finish. Strings of herbs and presses of mint. Old school varietal character, served super fresh.

    April 2016

    winefront.com.au

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  • Source SA

    February 16, 2017

    Mount Horrocks 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

    5 Stars

    By Tony Love

    While cabernet’s great gift is its distinctive, and often exuberant dark berry aromatic lift, this offers a more gentle push, which is in line with the overall sophisticated personality of this certified organic wine. It’s open to lovely earthly and forest floor leaf notes, even faint charcuterie complexities, but it all comes back to rich, dark blackberry flavor familiarity in a medium to full bodied drive train. Composed, quiet, accomplished.

    11th May 2016

    The Advertiser, Source SA

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    August 18, 2016

    2014 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon

    95 points.

    The purity of fruit here is something quite special.  The flavours flush through the mouth in a cleansing fashion, offering cassis, fresh mint, assorted garden herbs and a velvety lick of oak.  Medium-bodied; vital; complex; polished; and not at all ‘big’ or overdone.  The word ‘exemplary’ comes to mind. CM

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  • Winsor’s Choice

    April 28, 2016

    Mount Horrocks 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

    By Winsor Dobbin

    96 POINTS 

    Stephanie Toole steps up to the plate and bang, it’s gone. A home run with all three of her 2014 Clare Valley reds. I really enjoyed the shiraz, loved to the Nero d’Avola and was blown away by this cabernet sauvignon. Ms Toole is truly in the zone right now with her Australian certified organic reds reflecting an excellent vintage. This is a delightfully stylish wine with dark cassis notes and well-integrated French oak, along with assertive tannins. It is drinking brilliantly right now, vibrant and juicy, but has the architecture to cellar for a decade or more. If you are drinking it now, pair with something rich like a rabbit casserole. I’m happy to score this 96/100.

    27th April 2016

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  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion

    October 22, 2015

    2013 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    By James Halliday

    95 Points

    From the low-yielding organic estate vineyard; matured for 18 months in French barriques (40% new). Served blind, I would never have picked its Clare Valley origin. It is a beautifully crafted cabernet, with a fruit purity seldom seen in Clare cabernet, its cassis folded within fine-grained tannins and quality French oak, length and balance all one could hope for.Halliday 95 logo

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  • Nourish Magazine

    September 3, 2015

    Mount Horrocks 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

    By Winsor Dobbin

    This is lip-smackingly delicious red, estate-grown from a single vineyard and made in very small quantities by talented proprietor/winemaker Stephanie Toole. All three Mount Horrocks vineyards are

    ‘A grade certified’ by Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and this wine is dark and inky, bursting with cassis black plum flavours but it also has impressive structure with quality French oak evident but not dominant. As no finings have been used, the wine is suitable to vegans and vegetarians

    Nourish Magazine

    September-October Edition

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  • Wine Taste Weekly

    August 27, 2015

    2013 Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Fragrant violet aromas unite with mulberry and blackcurrent fruit of impressive depth and persistence, yet at every moment vibrant, lively and medium-bodied. It’s scaffolded by confident, finely structured, chewy tannins, bright acidity and well-gauged dark chocolate oak. Beautifully balanced and enduring, this is one of the greats from Mount Horrocks.

    Drink 2023-2033

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