100 Best Australian Wines 2013/14

By Matthew Jukes

10th Anniversary Edition

2012 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Clare Valley, SA

Not content with one listing in this year’s 100 (the Cordon Cut Riesling has a parking spot in the sweet wine section in perpetuity) Mount Horrocks has also nailed the dry discipline in the cosmic 2012 vintage, too.  I poured this wine at a massive event earlier in the year and in a manner more befitting Derren Brown, the entire audience, as one, converted to the dry, Clare Riesling movement. It is worth pointing out that very few people knew what this white-knuckle aperitif was, but on hearing it was Riesling they were all visibly shocked and at the same time delighted to have finally understood what we’ve all been banging on about for years. The lime leaf freshness, sheer dexterity and revitalising characteristics on the palate and thirst-quenching finish all make this wine the perfect, glorious, all purpose, summery white. I love it, and I know that you will (all!) love it, too.