Mount Horrocks Semillon 2022

New Release


The Mount Horrocks Semillon Vineyard is on distinctly weaker, rocky soil.  The vines struggle even in a ‘normal’ season. According to Stephanie, semillon vines need to be challenged if a wine with depth of flavour (as is the case here) is to be achieved. Mount Horrocks Semillon demonstrates long lingering lemon and spice flavours complemented by creamy lees complexity and a touch of French oak.


Tasting Notes

Light yellow-gold with a lime edge. Apple, lemon and lime fruit aromas over spiced oak. Flavoursome, without being heavy, this oak-aged semillon is a truly distinctive wine. Generously flavoured, citrus and baked apple fruit, stylish oak and gently creamy barrel ferment texture, its zesty acidity ensuring the flavours linger long.

Delicious drinking now yet has a decade’s ageing ahead, if you wish.



Mount Horrocks Semillon 2022
From an isolated estate vineyard, 500m above sea level on the slopes of Mount Horrocks itself, winemaker Stephanie Toole has remained devoted to this wine over many vintages. It’s a full barrel-fermented and matured style with engaging complexity: grilled stone fruits and fennel to start, creamy palate senses following on, with a gorgeous spicy lemony tang that drives the taste profile, finishing with lingering energy. A glorious drink that’s the epitome of Semillon in fine-wine mode. Tony Love, IN DAILY 3rd February 2022

Mount Horrocks Semillon 2022
A light, bright yellow colour; spicy and nutty barrel-fermented aromas superimposed on gently grassy/herbal semillon fruit. Light-medium bodied, a clean and beautifully finished wine, and very good—it doesn’t show too much of the herbal side of semillon. By Huon Hooke, 10 March 2023

Mount Horrocks Semillon 2022
 92 Points
This cool season has coaxed a wonderful fragrance and graceful tension from Clare Semillon and Stephanie has crafted one of her most elegant, alluring, indeed Rieslingesque to date. Lemon, lemon grass and granny smith apple blossom flow into a palate of beautifully-defined natural acidity. Oak fermentation and maturation build grip and structure to a long finish, insisting on time to soften and mellow. By Tyson Stelzer, WBM March/April

Mount Horrocks Semillon 2022
Certified organic and biodynamic, as is the way of Mount Horrocks. This is the regional benchmark for the variety and continues its proud legacy of offering a hallmark acid profile with the softness of lemon, ginger and a pleasing wet herbal detail. This release is perhaps a bit more minerally, with a pumice-like aspect to texture and suggestions of that porous stone in the finishing licks of the wine. It’s a wonderful drink, attractive in its refreshment factor but offering the promise of further potential in its benign decay over years. Good stuff. By Mike Bennie, 2nd August 2023