Stephanie explains how she makes this style: “The first thing is to plant the vineyard in the right place: the Alexander Vineyard is beautifully sited and low yielding. Then, at vintage it’s about hand harvesting at optimum (not jammy) fruit ripeness. From there, one quarter of the fruit is whole-bunch foot crushed in open fermenters, pressed, then run into French barriques and left on the yeast lees. This gives a fresher more perfumed but less tannic component. The remainder is fermented and plunged four times a day for a week, then pressed and run into French barriques (40% new) where it remains for 18 months. This component has more weight, colour and extract”.
Stephanie has found that over the past twenty-two years of making shiraz, this approach (often referred to as
‘more European’) gives the most expressive wine. The 2017 vintage wine is testament to this.
Bright dark cherry red.Continue reading →
Rich, spiced plum aromas with a lick of cedar-like oak.
Plush red fruits, dark chocolate and forest with lingering spice and attractive peppery tannins.
Carries its weight well delivering a smart mid-weight shiraz to enjoy immediately or after 10 to 15 years in the cellar.
- WBM Magazine 2017 Alexander Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz By Mike Bennie 93 Points Red fruits, jubey and bright, bouncy kind of perfume, ripe, nougat oak showing a light hand. Lots of same to taste, with choc-berry fruit character followed through with green, leafy characters. Fleshy, supple tannins, builds in richness through punchy finish. Good stuff here. WBM Trade Magazine May/June 2019
- James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 ‘Alexander Vineyard’ Shiraz 2015 96 Points By James Halliday Manages to be unashamedly full-bodied and decidedly complex, yet retains perfect balance, with a fresh, juicy quality reflecting its modest alcohol. There is a rainbow of fruit flavours on the long palate and lingering aftertaste.
- Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Alexander Vineyard Shiraz 2015 By Tyson Stelzer 94 Points There is a wonderful, effortless harmony to this vintage, comfortably and perfectly balancing tangy brightness, black-fruited depth, spicy intrigue and fine-grained, mineral, Watervale tannins. It’s all underlined by supportive dark chocolate French oak. One of the greats from Mount Horrocks, compelling from the outset, ...
- “elegant flavours” 2015 Mount Horrocks Alexander Shiraz By John Fordham Classic presentation of deep, richly-flavoured Clare Valley Shiraz with ring-master Stephanie Toole on top of her game from her precise fruit selection through to her wizardry on the winery floor. Spicy, succulent, elegant flavours and a lingering velvety finish guarantee a super red wine experience. The Sunday Telegraph 21st May 2017
- “It’s quite exemplary” 2015 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz By Campbell Mattison 93 POINTS Don’t be fooled by mention of whole bunches; this is syrupy and smooth and harmonious, its twiggy/herbal/bunchy characters sucked straight into the fruit of the wine and then smooth-sealed by oak. There’s nothing yin and yang about this; it presents as a seamless whole. Ultra fine tannin seems right ...