Spring – Summer Newsletter 2019

 

 

2019  MOUNT HORROCKS WATERVALE RIESLNG 

700 CASES PRODUCED

The remote, isolated Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling vineyard planted by Stephanie in 2001, sits in the north eastern corner of the Clare Valley’s Watervale subregion, on the very edge of the highly prized red soil over limestone.

Since ACO organic certification in 2012, Stephanie has produced beautifully flavoured and balanced wines from this hand-tended vineyard without the need to add acidity or finings; hence the vegan and vegetarian friendly status. This year’s release exhibits flavour intensity and minerality, however, due to very low rainfall in the preceding winter, production is very low.

Youthful lime green which will develop in time.
Delicate spring blossom and lime leaf with a hint of vanillin spice.
Crunchy green-apple and crisp, vibrant distinctive lemon-lime citrus flavours abound, at once
juicy and tangy. Almost ethereally light and elegant; its minerality wafting along the palate
to a long, pleasing close. Impressively delicious and worthy of at least a few years cellaring,
if not more than a decade.

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2018 MOUNT HORROCKS WATERVALE SEMILLON

196 CASES PRODUCED

Just a few hundred metres to the north east of the estate riesling vineyard lies the Mount Horrocks planting of semillon. The soil is weaker; the profile rockier. Maintaining finesse in semillon is an art, starting with vineyard site selection (semillon can be heavy bearing in deeper soils). The grape bunches from this vineyard are small, especially in a low-yielding season. Such was the case in 2018.

The result? A bright, lemony, intense and fresh wine; a hint of spice and creamy texture reflecting its time in French oak barriques. Stephanie believes this is “one of the best”.

Impressively light gold in colour. Vibrantly fruited (and pale) for a barrel-aged white, displaying textured and layered lemon fruit and spicy oak, with a touch of creamy lees complexity. Great acid balance and impressive length of flavour – richness and depth without being the least bit over the top.

Enjoy with or without food, and if with, something that allows the wine to shine such as grilled snapper.
Drink to 2029.

PRAISE FOR THE 2017

2019. A small make (196 dozen) but a good one. The oak is 100% balanced and integrated,
leaving the lemony/juicy fruit free to express itself, and it does just that. 95 Pts VALUE –
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

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2019 MOUNT HORROCKS CLARE VALLEY CORDON CUT RIESLING

 

500 CASES PRODUCED

This is the 27th vintage, with production a mere 500 dozen due to seasonal conditions. Made by a complex, highly risky process requiring both skill and experience, the underlying principle is that the vine canes are completely severed, and the grape bunches are left to
shrivel, like raisins, on the vine. The decision to pick is made by Stephanie not based on analysis but rather by appearance and taste of the fruit, and her intimate knowledge of the process.

Pale white gold.
Effusively fragrant floral and ripe citrus tones. The very definition of perfumed. A very elegant release of Cordon Cut: delicate, yet intense and with incredible length of flavour. Juicy ripe lemons and limes with vibrant acidity balancing the sugar intensity. Long on flavour, the refreshing acid structure rounding out what is a terrific release that will continue to build further with time in bottle. Minimum ten year cellaring potential..

PRAISE FOR THE 2018

Striking gold-green; the chemistry tells part of the story (161g/l residual sugar). The expected
result is a luscious and rich wine, achieved by cutting the canes when the grapes have reached
normal ripeness, dehydration enriching the juice, the fermentation thereafter stopped at the
desired balance. 95 Pts VALUE – James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2020

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2019 MOUNT HORROCKS ROSE

130 CASES PRODUCED

This wine, the third release of Stephanie’s delicious Provencal-style dry rose, shows what can be done with a straight-forward but strictly no-compromise approach to making wine. Made from shiraz grown at her Alexander Vineyard, it is organic, unfined, vegan and vegetarian friendly and delicious!

The juice is allowed just two hours skin contact time to get that beautiful blushing pink hue and a little extra flavour. Fermented dry, this wine looks and tastes of spring. Ideal over lunch, or as Stephanie says “the perfect afternoon tea wine”.

Blushing pink – a little deeper this year.
Lifted red berry fruits with a hint of musk.
Vibrantly fruited, crisp and crunchy with appealing strawberry, raspberry, ripe pear and white peach notes dancing across the palate which has a citrus-fresh structure and delightful texture and length. Simply delicious.

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SPRING – SUMMER 2019 NEWSLETTER
EDITOR: DARREN JAHN
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