Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon 2015

By Tyson Stelzer

95 Points

The ninth vintage from the Alexander vineyard in the north-east corner of Watervale, as always it’s 100% barrel fermented, matured and lees stirred in 40% new oak for eight months. You’d never guess the oak or maturation regime from its pale straw hue or its fragrant apple and lemon blossom bouquet. Even the palate possesses a tension and purity that belie its structural complexity. This is the classiest, purest and most thrilling semillon I can recall from Stephanie, with an endurance to rival the great whites of Bordeaux.

Drink 2020-2030

June 2017