The Canberra Times

Food and Wine Magazine

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

By Chris Shanahan

In this beautiful, elegant cabernet, winemaker Stephanie Toole demonstrates the great finessing of Australian regional wine styles now underway. Clare Valley makes good cabernet. But more often than not in the past they’ve tended to be on the burly side. Nothing wrong with burly on a cold winter’s night. But Mount Horrocks lifts the style to a higher level, delivering even more drinking pleasure. The pure varietal perfume and flavour, the rich, balanced palate and, in particular, the silk-smooth tannins put it way above the pack. Toole sources the fruit form a single vineyard on her estate.

July 2012