Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2017

  • 2017 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling

    ‘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.

    Stephanie’s 2017 Cordon Cut is quite simply her best yet. Sadly there’s only half the normal
    production, which means some people will most certainly miss out. The Mount Horrocks Auburn Vineyard normally supplies the Cordon Cut fruit, however frost damage to that site meant that this year the fruit came solely from the Watervale Vineyard. Picking continued through until May 15, with a little botrytis influence on the uncut fruit, the first time since 2011.

    Consequently it is a bit lusher than the last couple of releases but still fresh and elegant. “It’s more concentrated in part due to the extended time on vine and the touch of botrytis influence” says Steph, “I believe it’s destined to be a classic.” Be sure to get in early with your order as this will sell out quick smart.


    Tasting Notes

    Bright pale white gold.

    Pretty floral, spice and lime juice aromatics, with an appealing touch of fresh vanilla bean.

    Combines the intensity of flavor of the naturally raisined fruit with crisp acidity and minerality to deliver a delicious, refreshing sweet white that doesn’t cloy – it is vibrant, juicy and is so appealing.

    Will age for 10 plus years.



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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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