100 Best Australian Wines 2013/14

By Matthew Jukes

10th Anniversary Edition

2012 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling Clare Valley SA

With stewed rhubarb, apple crumble with cinnamon and the lightest of crème caramel textures this is one of my favorite ever vintages from Stephanie Toole and it is the balance between luscious fruit and racy acidity which is the reason for this drama. The sweet notes are thrilling and all-encompassing, but they are offset by a nerve-tingling current of ever-present acidity which always tethers the ostentatious flavours to the ground. Drinking perfectly already, but with ten years to soften and billow this is a work of art and it underlines that fact that this is the finest sweet Riesling estate in the country.