‘Cordon Cut’ refers to the unusual practice of cutting the canes allowing the grapes to raisin naturally on the vine.
The process naturally concentrates both flavour and sugar levels. Stephanie’s decision when to pick is based on both appearance and taste. Intimate knowledge of the process, rather than technical analysis, is critical.
The Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut 2016 was harvested from mid March to early April. A number of ‘passes’ were made, each fermented separately and fermentation halted when Stephanie determined the flavour to be right, with considerable residual sugar remaining.
Bright pale gold, tighter aromatics than usual taking time to open in the glass, then wow! Floral and citrus Riesling aromas, intense and spicy.
Delicious light lemon curd and vanilla notes, distinctive sweet lime and pear juice, at once delicate and intense, sensual on the tongue, long and fine, beautifully balanced and more-ish. Comfortably a ten-plus cellaring proposition but I defy you to see it last that long.
- “a kiss of honey” Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 2016 One of the great Australian sweet wines, from grapes grown to be sweet and rich. It sits in the mouth with freshness, and lingers impossibly long and with a kiss of honey. A beautiful way to finish a meal. By Mike Bennie Delicious Magazine, May 2017
- The Advertiser 2016 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 4 1/2 Stars By Tony Love A special take on Clare Riesling, in a dessert style, the vines cut about six weeks before estimated optimum fruit ripeness for the grapes dry out and concentrate the intrinsic lime citrus flavours within. The colour in the glass has a touch of green ...
- Spectacular Dessert Wine Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 2016 By John Fordham This spectacular dessert wine shows just how adept Clare Valley winemaker Stephanie Toole is at extracting bewildering flavours from the Riesling grape. She does it by cutting the canes and allowing the fruit to concentrate naturally in the vineyard. “From the Vine” Sunday Telegraph October 16th 2016
- Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Tyson Stelzer’s – Clare & Eden picks Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 2015 96 Points 2015 will go down among the greatest and longest-lived Cordon Cuts, a benchmark that achieves complexity and concentration while upholding an exceptional, enduring acid line rarely seen in Australian dessert wines. Primary lemon and lime with lifted lily notes take the limelight, ...
- WBM Magazine Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 2015 96 Points By Tyson Stelzer A benchmark Cordon Cut that achieves complexity and concentration while upholding an exceptional, enduring acid line rarely seen in Australian dessert wines. With outstanding line and length, 2015 will go down among the greatest and longest-lived Cordon Cuts. November 2015