Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2017

  • Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2017

    200 cases produced

    Inspired by the wines of Sicily, Stephanie planted Mount Horrocks’ Nero d’Avola vineyard in 2007 and this is her sixth release.
    The grapes are harvested by hand, then cold-soaked prior to a nine day ferment. Daily plunging ensures ideal extraction until the wine is racked to French oak barriques (20% new) for twelve months maturation prior to bottling.

    Less new oak is used to maintain its juicy palate.

    Tasting Notes:

    Vibrantly coloured and redolent with juicy red berry fruits and spice notes.

    Characteristically Italian moderate weight, texture and savoury edges with Australia’s crisp fresh fruit and clean herbal tones – combining to a super appealing wine with cherry and raspberry, rosemary and bay leaf underpinned by lovely gentle tannins and appealing softness.

    Fantastic summer drinking now through five years.

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Recent reviews

  • WBM Magazine Mount Horrocks  Nero d’Avola 2017 By Tyson Stelzer Laced with sarsaparilla and liquorice over a core of candied raspberries, this is a fruity vintage for Nero, making for a juicy and flamboyant style with just the right level of tangy acidity and fine tannin grip to keep things in line. Just 260 cases made.   90 Points WBM Trade Magazine May/June 2019
  • Sydney Morning Herald Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2017 By Ralph Kyte-Powell 92 Points An exotic red, out of the Clare mainstream in style, this take on the Sicilian nero d’avola has an “Italian deli” nose of spices, cherries, siena cake and aniseed. Medium-bodied and supple mid-palate, it tastes ripe with mouth-watering acidity and fine tannins carrying a sustained, tasty finish. Ageing: Drink over ...
  • Sydney Morning Herald Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2016 By Ralph Kyte-Powell 92 Points From Stephanie Toole’s admirable Clare Valley winery, this young red has a nose of red berries, cherries, Italian deli aromas and dusty earth. It’s medium in body with ample fruit character and vibrancy. It finishes bone dry with underlying tannic grip. Ageing: Drink over three years The Sydney Morning Herald 1st ...
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Nero d’Avola 2015 94 Points Bright crimson-purple, there is a brightness to the predominantly red fruits that do the heavy lifting on the bouquet and palate alike; it bubbles with juicy life, and the tannins are only just sufficient to complete the picture.  By James Halliday
  • Winefront 2015 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 92 Points Nero d’Avola from the Watervale sub-region of the Clare Valley. Talk about drinkable. This is dangerously more-ish. It’s floral and jubey with a strain of tannin and just enough toast/spice notes to keep it from seeming simple. Incredibly perfumed both on the nose and in the mouth. Slippery smooth too. Keeps ...

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