Spring – Summer Newsletter 2020

Four Fantastic Spring Releases

2020 WATERVALE RIESLING

580 CASES PRODUCED

More than two decades ago Stephanie chose the site for the Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Vineyard. The beautiful south facing, high altitude location may have been a surprising choice back then, but now, many are praising the merits of these cool vineyard sites, especially for riesling.

ACO organic certification and hand tending both reinforce Stephanie’s determination to push the boundaries of sustainability, while at the same time, enhancing wine quality. There is no better example than the 2020 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling – a beautiful, delicious wine, its concentration reflecting the tiny crop, the lowest in decades. This is a wine that reflects the season, but even more so, an example of balance, exceptional power and finesse, all wrapped up in a convincingly drink-me-now combination of flavour, structure and balance.

Lime-edged bright white gold.
Vibrant spring florals, honey-tinged lemon-lime.
Wonderfully crisp and flavoursome, with classic citrus fruits, apple-fresh and lingering. Slate-like elements of minerality, flavoursome, yet delicate. Stylish and cellar-worthy.

2020 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

 

2019 WATERVALE SEMILLON

150 CASES PRODUCED

The site of the Mount Horrocks Semillon, while just a few hundred metres from the Riesling vineyard, is very different. Weaker soil and rockier, the vines struggle even in a ‘normal’ season. Semillon vines need to be challenged if flavoursome wines are the aim. In this case long lingering lemon flavours are complemented by creamy lees complexity and a touch of French oak. Add into that a low-yield season and you have an exceptional vintage.

Bright pale gold, lime-edged.
Impressively light, elegant and tangy with vibrant lemon, grass, and subtle spicy oak over a layer of restrained creamy texture. Stylish, balanced, long on flavour. An appealing seafood or poultry partner that drinks beautifully now though 2030 or more.

2019 Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon

 

2020 CLARE VALLEY CORDON CUT

360 CASES PRODUCED

“This is my 28th vintage of Cordon Cut. Just 360 cases were produced this year, and what a challenge, but I am delighted with the outcome. A highly risky and complex process, the making of Cordon Cut is very much about seat of the pants decision making and this is where 28 vintages certainly helps” Stephanie

Bright light gold.
Subdued aromatics belie a vibrant, honeyed, more intense version of Cordon Cut. Ripe, juicy citrus fruits, cumquat and mandarin, vanillin spice wrapped in a luscious richness rounded by astute refreshing acidity. Crisp, long on flavour, pleasing to finish. Age eight to ten years.

2020 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling

 

2020 ROSÉ

95 CASES PRODUCED

This couldn’t be more straightforward; harvest red grapes when they have crisp fresh flavours (but not under-ripe) and extract the juice with just a touch of colour; the faintly pink hue indicating fresh flavours of a young white wine with an extra dimension of red hues giving a hint of red berry flavours.

Perfect for drinking now, this is the epitome of this increasingly popular style.

Bright blushing pink.
The aroma offers a gorgeous melange of ripe red berries, musk and spring floral notes.
In the mouth it is vibrant and lively, crisp and zesty with a delicate, crunchy finish. A serious rosé where the distinctive fruit aromas carry through to the mineral-rich, slightly saline palate reminiscent of serious European rosé. Pair with Mediterranean dishes, nicely chilled.
Delicious.

2020 Mount Horrocks Rose