Latest Reviews

  • The Advertiser

    December 10, 2013

    By Tony Love

    Mount Horrocks 2012 Semillon

    It’s time Semillon of this class was rediscovered, the crafting with full barrel fermentation, stirring of grape solids, sensitive wood influence adding beautiful complexity, rich flavours and fine-edged balance with a sun-kissed citrus zest feel at the heart of its purity. Wonderful.

    Food: Duck leg confit

    30th November 2013

  • Wine Taste Weekly

    December 10, 2013

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Clare Valley Riesling 2013

    95 points

    A great season for one of Australia’s finest dessert rieslings, uniting unctuous intensity and honeyed sweetness with well-structured acidity. It’s as alluring complex as ever, a gorgeous amalgam of lemon and lime, peach, baked apple, honey and mixed spice. Brimming with persistence and appeal, this is a vintage that will live long.

    Drink 2018-2028

    December 2013

  • Wine Taste Weekly

    December 10, 2013

    By Tyson Stelzer

    93 Points

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2013

    Mount Horrocks is a Clare riesling that appreciates bottle age more than most, and 2013 especially so. An axis or razor-sharp acidity intersects a bolt of phenolic grip, making this a tautly honed and firmly structured Mount Horrocks of drying mouth feel and textural firmness. It carries impressive restraint of lime zest character and notes of golden delicious apple, which persevere with considerable energy.

    December 2013

  • WBM Magazine

    November 27, 2012

    By Tyson Stelzer

    The Cream

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2012

    96 Points

    Never has Mount Horrocks Riesling exemplified such refined grace in the midst of pronounced mineral definition, the stamp of Watervale terroir. This is an art form of the highest order.

    November 2012

  • Gourmet Traveller WINE

    November 27, 2012

    By Huon Hooke

    100 Top New Release Wines

    2010 Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon, Clare Valley

    93 Points

    An elegant, finely balanced and textured cabernet from Steph Toole. Slightly developed red-brick colour and a softly mellowing, blackberry and black-olive bouquet with a suggestion of green pea. Soft in the palate with generous flavour.

    Dec/Jan 2013

  • Decanter

    November 26, 2012

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Shiraz 2010

    95 points

    Beautifully epitomizes Stephanie Toole’s vision of capturing reds of restraint, structural definition, poised acidity and low alcohol.

    December 2012

  • The Adelaide Review HOT 100

    November 8, 2012

    South Australian Wines 2012/2013

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2012 Clare Valley

    Super zingy, long and complete, floral aromatics and a very complete wine. Raising intensity on the finish, this is a complete joy to drink.

    November 2012

  • The Weekly Review

    November 8, 2012

    By Ben Edwards

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2012

    5/5 Points

    From a single vineyard in the Watervale subregion of the Clare Valley. Pretty and floral, it’s bursting with lime cordial aromas, along with minerals, red apple and quince. It’s similar in the mouth but there’s fresh lime juice and more of that minerality. There’s power to this wine but also a real subtlety to the flavours. It’s pure and seamless, too, with balanced, chalky acid; it’s smooth and textural, with a burst of citrus on the exit.

    October 2012

  • Taste

    October 12, 2012

    The Advertiser

    By Tony Love

    Mount Horrocks 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 

    An essay in beauty from start to finish – clear headed, pure cabernet fragrance then blue and black fruits, a note of forest and leaf in the background yet remaining true to its fruits. Juicy, lightly gripped with tannins and oak influence, medium bodied and immensely drinkable and companionable. Clare Valley cabernet at its best.

    10th  October 2012

  • Wine Taste Weekly

    September 25, 2012

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon 2011

    93 Points

    The cool 2011 season has done wonderful things for Mount Horrocks Semillon, making for an impressively chiseled style. Semillon doesn’t always respond well to full barrel fermentation, but here the buttered toast and roast nut characters imparted serve to balance the taut, primary zesty lemon drive of this high-tensile season, pulling into a honed finish of chalky mineral structure and considerable persistence.

    Drink: 2012-2021

  • Wine Taste Weekly

    September 14, 2012

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2012

    94 points

    The 2012 edition of Stephanie Toole’s cult status sticky captures a harmony between crisp citrus zest, gruner-veltliner-like white pepper and exotic lusciousness and profound persistence of sweet honey, juicy peach, persimmon and layers of mixed spice. A savoury ferment note contributes further complexity, underlined by soft, chalky, Watervale minerality.

    Drink 2012-2022

    14th September 2012

  • Wine Taste Weekly

    September 14, 2012

    By Tyson Stelzer

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2012

    96 points

    To capture refined grace in the midst of pronounced mineral definition is to encapsulate the thumbprint of a vineyard in a bottle of wine – an art form of the highest order. In this ideal, no Mount Horrocks is more profound than the 2012. There is a graceful elegance to its primary floral lift, and a delicate precision to its pristine lime zest, granny smith apple and lemon blossom palate. This is Watervale terroir, preserved in all its glory.

    Drink 2012-2014 or 2017-2027

    14th September 2012