250 cases produced
The decision to harvest, whilst guided by the weather gods, is all Stephanie’s, made after daily visits to the vineyard to taste the fruit and collect samples for lab analysis. The 2015 was harvested in mid February.
Picked by hand in the early morning, the fruit was promptly transferred to the winery where it was destemmed, crushed and gently pressed. The free-run juice was isolated and settled prior to fermenting in French oak barriques, one-third of which are new.
During the wine’s eight month maturation in barrel, each cask was stirred once a week, imparting mid-palate texture. In September a sample was taken from each barrel and over a series of days Stephanie tasted and re-tasted to plan the final blend. Once assembled, the wine was bottled without fining and then returned to the cool cellar for further maturation prior to release.
Appealing, sweetly spiced ripe pear and apple.
Sitting halfway between aromatic and oaked, where semillon’s bright citrus fruits are balanced by stylish, integrated oak, this is a textured and layered wine, no doubt via lees work and top notch French oak, but in the end it’s the quality fruit that shines – white peach, apple and lemon notes combining with winemaking influences of oak ferment and ageing, battonage and MLF to deliver a rounded, complex, elegant and long dry white wine of great finesse. Up to 10 years.
- Wine Business Monthly Magazine 2015 Semillon 95 POINTS By Tyson Stelzer You’d never guess the oak or maturation regime from its pale straw hue or fragrant apple and lemon blossom bouquet. Even the palate possesses a tension and purity that belie its structural complexity. This is the classiest, purest and most thrilling semillon from Mount Horrocks yet, with an endurance to rival ...
- James Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Mount Horrocks Semillon 2015 95 Points. Creamy oak, intense stone fruit and citrus, sizzling length. Style, flavour and the finishing touches of quality. A bright, clear beauty. CM
- James Halliday Magazine 2014 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon By James Halliday 94 Points As always, 100% barrel-fermented and matured. It is Semillon that is all layered richness and texture, with some toasty notes awaiting the little butter destined to appear in a couple of years. Acidity provides cleansing balance and length. February/March 2016
- Winefront Mount Horrocks Semillon 2014 92 Points By Campbell Mattinson Barrel fermented Semillon from a single estate vineyard. Grass and herb notes lead the way into deeper, sweeter, toastier characters. Wood certainly makes it’s presence felt. The fruit is up to the task; it’s well balanced; on the finish the lime notes pull though. 15th August 2015 www.winefront.com.au
- James Halliday Wine Companion 2016 Mount Horrocks Semillon 2013 94 Points In time-honored fashion, 100% barrel-fermented, but the French oak is not the least overt, sinuously interwoven with ripe Meyer lemon and stone fruit flavours. A classic each-way proposition, now or much later. To 2025