Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2015

  • Mount Horrocks Nero d ‘Avola 2015

    300 cases produced

    From the same vineyard in Watervale as the Mount Horrocks Shiraz, this bright, eminently drinkable red is now in its third release, having gained fans nationwide. “Exciting stuff” says The West Australian’s Ray Jordan, “a spring festival of fruits” notes Halliday, the “perfect Australian-feeling wine, despite (its) Italian accent” said Mike Bennie.

    Single vineyard, estate-grown, the fruit was hand-picked at full ripeness. Stephanie employs an early cold-soak prior to a nine day ferment with gentle daily plunging, maturing the wine in French oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months. “It is a very different wine to the shiraz or cabernet” said Stephanie. “So appealing early, this is just what I hoped for. Choosing this Sicilian variety back in 2003 to plant in the Clare Valley has proved to be a good decision.”

    Tasting Notes:

    Appealing cherry/plum red.
    Vibrant fruity scents, perfumed, lightly floral. Deliciously juicy with vibrant acid and crisp tannin to match. Savoury dark cherry, raspberry and plummy fruit with appealing spice accents. Lovely mid-weight, cleansing palate that provides an ideal match to succulent pork and fennel sausage. Now to 6 years.


Recent reviews

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2014 94 Points By James Halliday Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most widely planted red variety, currently with much attention, its plantings of 1800ha on the rise after a period of decline. This wine spent 18 months in French oak, its crimson colour heralding a fragrant, spicy red fruits bouquet, the medium-bodied palate providing a ...
  • WBM Magazine Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2013 By Tyson Stelzer 93 Points The second vintage from this Watervale vineyard. Great result from young vines, Grand potential. A beautifully fragrant nose of rose hip, musk, red apple and raspberry heralds an enticingly fruit-focused and jubey palate, a berry fruits delight that holds its integrity thanks to well-focused acidity and firm, fine ...
  • Winefront Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2013 92 Points By Mike Bennie Big ripe hit of dark and red berry fruit characters, touch of mocha. Cherry pie. Sweet smelling, pretty and fresh. Juicy in the palate, vibrant, crisp fringed and dances along to a sour-sweet tang of acidity. It’s joyous, delicious, refreshing, almost, and bright as can be. Perfect Australian-feeling wine, ...
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2013 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 95 Points The second vintage from vines imported by Stephanie Toole in ’04. Light, bright crimson; a spring festival of red fruits on the fragrant bouquet and supple, medium-bodied palate that has a quasi pinot noir finish, lifting and expanding on the finish and aftertaste. By James Halliday Tasted 20th May 2015
  • Money Magazine 2013 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola By Peter Forrestal This is Stephanie Toole’s second vintage of the Italian varietal nero d’Avola from her Clare Valley vineyard. The grape is probably indigenous to Calabria but best known for flourishing in the warmth of Sicily. It is starting to attract serious attention in Australia because of its suitability to the climate. ...

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