Mount Horrocks Shiraz Reviews

  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

    August 15, 2017

    ‘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.

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  • Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017

    June 6, 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, and it’s only going to get better.

    Drink 2020-2025

    Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017 by Tyson Stelzer
    June 2017

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  • “elegant flavours”

    May 26, 2017

    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

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  • “It’s quite exemplary”

    May 2, 2017

    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 at home in this context. It’s all plums, musky cream and spices. It’s quite exemplary.

    Drink 2018 – 2028+

    March 2017   winefront.com.au

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  • Top 100 Wines

    February 16, 2017

    2014 Mount Horrocks Shiraz

    95 Points

    By Tony Love

    This certified organic wine brings a more subtle approach to Clare Shiraz than many others. With great control of the fragrance, terrific integration and balance in the oak treatment, the shiraz remains clear-headed, encouraged by brighter, crimson fruit characters, juiciness and drinkability in a medium to full-bodied structural package.  Its energy bounces through to the finish, its flavours refusing to lie down

    The Advertiser 16th July 2016

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  • A Classy Wine

    February 16, 2017

    2014 Shiraz

    95 POINTS

    By Ray Jordan

    A remarkable gentle and subtle shiraz from the Clare Valley. About 12 per cent was whole-bunch foot crushed. The result is a brilliantly smooth and supple wine, displaying great concentration and refinement in a compelling combination. It’s so silky and textured.  This is a classy wine.

    The West Australian

    “Fresh Magazine” 4th July 2016

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  • WineFront

    February 16, 2017

    2014 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz

    94 POINTS

    By Campbell Mattison

    The oak is certainly obvious, the style certainly plush. Neither of these aspects are really the norm for Mount Horrocks, which generally tends towards the savoury. But this 2014 release isn’t your ‘usual’ Mount Horrocks Shiraz. This is deeper and richer, with the firmness to match. It’s a wine of some standing, so to speak. Some command. The oak – smoky and raw – feels quality, as indeed does the fruit. Give it some time, and it will shine.

    April 2016   winefront.com.au

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    August 18, 2016

    Mount Horrocks Shiraz 2014

    95 Points

    A complex array of flavours, textures and tangs. Everything is beautifully integrated and yet you can feel and appreciate the positive effect of whole bunches, oak and spice-shot tannin.  This isn’t your standard fare. It’s measured, composed, lively and exquisitely well balanced. CM

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine

    November 12, 2015

    2013 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz

     96 POINTS

    By James Halliday

    Estate organically grown; open-fermented in purpose-designed vessels, 15% whole bunches, foot-stamped, matured for 18 months in French barriques (40% new). The evocative bouquet semaphores the satsuma plum and blackberry fruits at the heart of the wine, surrounded and supported by fine-grained tannins building authority to the finish of the immaculately balanced medium-bodied palate; the oak is totally integrated.

    To 2033

    Dec/Jan

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  • WBM Magazine

    September 21, 2015

    Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz 2013

    By Tyson Stelzer

    94 Points 

    A delightful contrast between glossy black cherry and black plum fruit, dark chocolate and a bed of confident, firm tannins that promise a grand future. There’s intensity and concentration to this vintage, yet it upholds a medium-bodied restraint and savoury, commanding tannin structure.

     

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  • HuonHOOKE.com

    September 8, 2015

    2013 Mount Horrocks  Watervale Shiraz

    92 Points

    By Huon Hooke

    Deep purple/red colour and a bright, plummy shiraz aroma, with Asian spice and banana-ester notes. Its medium to full-bodied and smoothly, richly textured. Very good, solid, ripe young shiraz.

    Drink 2017-2038

    16th May 2015

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2016

    August 13, 2015

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Shiraz 2012

    96 POINTS

    As usual, a portion (15%) was whole bunch foot-stamped in open fermenters, the balance in tanks with header boards; matured in French barriques (40% new) for 18 months. Marries power with finesse, its black fruits filling the medium to full-bodied palate, but does so with guile; it has outstanding line and length, and will be very long-lived, yet allow access at any point along the journey.

    To 2035

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