Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2018

  • 2018 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling


    Sourced entirely from her Watervale vineyard, this is Stephanie’s 26th vintage of this outstanding dessert wine by Stephanie.

    The underlying principal of this special wine is that the canes are completely severed and the bunches of grapes are left hanging on the vine. This causes them to shrivel like raisins, naturally concentrating the flavour.

    It’s a complex, highly risky process requiring both skill and experience. The decision to pick is made by Stephanie based on appearance and taste. Technical analysis in this case is of little value. Intimate knowledge of the process on the other hand is critical. Perfect picking conditions meant the fruit arrived at the winery in excellent raisined condition.

    Tasting Notes

    Bright pale white gold. Concentrated lemon-lime with vanilla spice.

    This wine is easy to pick – so distinctive is the Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut style – and this is an outstanding vintage. It is at once delicate yet intense, floral, lemon curd, juicy ripe lime and caramel syrup over a vibrant mineral acidity that ensures it finishes bright, fresh and clean. And oh so more-ish. Another decade-plus potential wine.

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Recent reviews

  • The Real Review 2017 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling By Huon Hooke 95 Points  Bright light to medium yellow colour. The bouquet is fresh and yeasty, bright and youthful. In the mouth, it’s intense and rich, sweet and deeply-flavoured, with a clean finish thanks to plenty of acid. This was a very late harvest (May 15) and a sweeter wine, intense ...
  • Winefront 2017 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling By Campbell Mattinson The famous Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut. Intensely sweet and limey with a marmalade jam character and plenty of sweet, crystalline flavour to the finish. We always sit here, when assessing dessert wines, toying with the word cloying; this wraps its arms around the word, without quite touching it. ...
  • “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

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