Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Reviews

  • Wine of the Week

    October 23, 2018

    Mount Horrocks 2018 Watervale Riesling

    By Winsor Dobbin

    Riesling is my “go to” grape for spring and summer quaffing – and this new Clare Valley release is right in the grove; fresh, vibrant and citrusy with minerality and crisp acid finish. There is plenty of length to this estate-grown single vineyard riesling from Watervale and all Stephanie Toole’s wines are certified organic and are vegan friendly. This is bone dry and would pair brilliantly with fresh oysters, pan-fried King George whiting, or simply on the deck with some Justin Isbell on the stereo.

    Damn fine drinking. Drink now or cellar.

    gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com

    October 2018

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  • 100 Best Australian Wines 18/19

    June 14, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks, Watervale Riesling

    By Matthew Jukes

    This is my favourite vintage of Stephanie Toole’s dry Riesling in years! The slender, rapier sharp fruit is epic with pithy, chalky notes and no overt juiciness whatsoever. It is a very grown up and stripped down style and this makes it ravishing. The scent is pure and much more intense than the pale colour suggests and I have no doubt it will age very gently and for a long time.

    100 Best Australian Wines 2018/2019

    May 2018

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  • Winefront

    June 14, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Campbell Mattinson

    94 Points

    Single vineyard Riesling from one of the absolute stars of the Clare Valley region. In fact – I’d reckon this riesling doesn’t get quite the recognition it deserves. Exhibit A. This is a beautiful Clare Valley riesling. It screams Clare, it insists on riesling. Lemon, lime and talc, assertive with flavour but pure and darting through the finish. Accessible now, in a delicious way, and yet made for later. You really do just want to guzzle this, even as you admire it.

    www.winefront.com.au

    October 2017

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  • Gourmet on the Road, Winsor Dobbin

    June 14, 2018

    Mount Horrocks 2017 Watervale Riesling

    Stephanie Toole is something of a riesling whisperer, producing cracking wines vintage after vintage, albeit from the stellar Watervale region of the Clare Valley. This is estate grown and certified organic, but what counts most is expressions of flavour and regionality that burst onto your palate. This is freshness vinified and from a stellar vintage; made without acid additions or fining, and vegan and vegetarian friendly. Think fresh-cut citrus explosions, bright acidity and remarkable length. Pair with veggie spring rolls.

    By Winsor Dobbin

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

    August 15, 2017

    Watervale Riesling 2017

    95 Points

    A riesling of the kind John Vickery might have made with the benefit of screwcaps. It has depth and attitude (like its maker), but doesn’t run the risk of blowing out/softening with age. Its balance and storehouse of limes, lemons and green apples make it a surefire each way bet, now or later.

    By James Halliday

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  • Wines to Enjoy New Years Eve

    February 8, 2017

    2016 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Tony Love

    This Clare Valley classic offers a little more than straight citrus, with smells of meadow hay and orchard flowers to start before that suck of a lemon quarter and exotic zest of lime.  This is, however, a warm summer’s day refreshment that is more than simply razored acidity.  Best if you have a bucket of prawns to nibble at while you’re sipping away.

    Tony Love – The Advertiser

    January 2017

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  • Winsor Dobbin’s Choice

    February 8, 2017

    2016 WATERVALE RIESLING

    96 POINTS

    The sample bottle, from which I was just pouring occasional sips, is mysteriously empty. “How the hell did that happen?” I ask myself. Only one answer; it was so darn delicious that I drank the entire bottle without noticing. I don’t advise anyone to follow my lead, but I can assure you this rarely happens at Chez Dobbin. A couple of glasses of most wines are more than enough. It is a tribute to the winemaking skills of Stephanie Toole that it happened.

    This is an estate-grown, single-vineyard riesling from riesling heartland in Watervale, Clare Valley. Certified organic, it is a classic Clare riesling, aromatic with vibrant lemon and grapefruit pithiness, linear, slatey and with brilliant acid. It is also delicate and ethereal. No wonder it evaporated. Grab a case for Christmas drinking pleasure.

    I’ll give it 96 points.  

    Winsor Dobbin

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  • “Just unreal”

    February 8, 2017

    2016 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling  

    95 Points

    By Mike Bennie

    Scintillating, pure, vibrant Riesling. An epee thrust of citrus, green apple, crushed slate-like minerality. It’s got so much energy, feels so pent up, tight, squeaky, impressively long. It’s for drinking now with vigour, or lazing over after a couple of decades in the cellar.

    Just unreal.

    Wine Business Monthly Jan/Feb 2017

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  • “Stunning…gorgeous”

    September 14, 2016

    2016 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Campbell Mattinson

    winefront.com.au

    96 Points

    This is a stunning riesling. So dry, so slatey, so well fruited, so charming and so long. It’s Clare to its back teeth. Lemon-lime, florals, spice and that characteristic bath salts character. The purity and the sheer deliciousness of the citrus flavours on offer here deserve a mention in the dictionary beside the word: gorgeous.”

     

     

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    August 18, 2016

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2015

    By James Halliday

    97 points

    The Best Mount Horrocks Riesling so far tasted. It has a blossom-filled bouquet, but best of all, an exquisitely poised palate, juicy lime/lemon fruit in a filigree of bright acidity, leaving the mouth at peace with the world

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  • Halliday Wine Companion

    March 7, 2016

    2015 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    97 Points

    The best Mount Horrocks Riesling so far tasted. It has a blossom-filled bouquet, but best of all, an exquisitely poised palate, juicy lime/lemon fruit in a filigree bright acidity, leaving the mouth at peace with the world.

    Halliday Wine Companion Magazine 2016
    By James Halliday
    April/May 2016

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  • Gourmet Traveller WINE Magazine

    February 2, 2016

    Riesling on the Rise

    2015 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    93 Points

    By Nick Bulleid

    Shows outstanding lemon and honeysuckle fragrance. The palate is similarly floral in character with great delicacy and excellent length. Paterson agreed. “A wafting, open aroma of florals, lemon zest and talc,” she described. “The palate is tight, linear and the lemony flavours are very intense and pure. Needs time and will age well.” I thought lovers of young Riesling would welcome its youthful characters.

    February/March 2016

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