Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2017

  • Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2017

    250 cases produced

    This is the sixth release of this bright, eminently drinkable red. The Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola vineyard established in 2006, is one of the earliest plantings of this Sicilian variety in Australia. After assessing the experience of Sicilian growers it was planted on red loam over limestone, where it seems very much at home.

    Hand harvested at full ripeness, Stephanie employs an early cold-soak prior to a nine day ferment with gentle daily plunging then matures the wine in French oak barriques for 18 months.

    “I love the freshness and brightness of this wine – it’s just so drinkable!” says Steph.

    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

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...

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