Chris Shanahan

Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 375ml 2011

For the first time ever, Stephanie Toole’s benchmark sticky shows the extra luscious intensity and acidity caused by botrytis cinerea. Normally the wine’s a pure, sweet Riesling, made from berries that shrivel on the vine as a result of the canes being cut. In 2011 botrytis leant a hand to this shrivelling process, noticeably influencing the flavour and structure. This extra dimension and intensity more than compensate for the slight step away from the wine’s usual pure, lime-like varietal character. Will probably cellar for decades.

26th October 2011