Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola 2020

  • 2020 Nero d’Avola


    This is the ninth release of Stephanie’s wonderful Sicily-inspired Nero D’Avola – a wine with moderate weight, juicy fruit and lively tannins.

    Hand harvested grapes are cold-oaked prior to a seven day ferment with daily plunging to ensure ideal colour, flavour and gentle tannin extraction. The wine then spends twelve months maturation in French oak barriques (20% of which are new) prior to bottling and being held for eight months prior to release.


    Tasting Notes:

    Light, bright red, the colour belies the fruit intensity in the glass. Super aromatic, generous scents of violets, cherry and raspberry, with hints of white pepper. Similarly generous in the mouth, this might be medium-bodied and relatively soft in tannin terms, but its fragrant, crunchy juiciness enhances its appeal, with a smart balance of fruit and oak, bright acidity and lovely mouthfeel. Dangerously easy to drink now, will age comfortably to a decade though.


    Ray Jordan, The Western Australian

    “The Mount Horrocks is one of the best Australian examples of this variety I have tasted”

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Recent reviews

  • The Western Australian
    Mount Horrocks 2020 Nero d’Avola 95 Points   …. It’s bright and floral with a lift of roses and chocolates spinning through the nose.  A trace of red raspberry fruit and those lovely chalky tannins make it.  This was a hot year in most places, yet Clare fared rather well, and this is a great example.   “The Mount Horrocks ...
  • Gourmet Traveller WINE
    2018 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola By Toni Paterson Wines to Cellar This is the seventh release of nero d’Avola from Mount Horrock’s Watervale vineyard. The fruit is pristine and captivating, with musk, cherry and a hint of sarsaparilla. It has an elegant, medium body, with respectful framing tannins providing ample structural support. Time will reveal further aromatic layers ...
  • WBM Magazine
    Mount Horrocks, Clare Valley 2018 Nero d’Avola 93 Points Stephanie Toole is building a little more courage and confidence with her Nero, and the result is her most sophisticated release yet. Classy French oak tannins provide the most compelling framework that she has assembled for deep black fruits. It promises great things in the medium term. Patience. By Tyson Stelzer WBM ...
  • The Real Review
    Mount Horrocks 2018 Nero d’Avola 93 Points Medium purple colour with red edges. Crisp red berries, red cherries and cranberries ahead of mandarin skins and blood orange. It’s rich and agile; red berry freshness returns again to lift freshness and sapidity. An effortless class to it.   By Nick Butler The Real Review 23rd March 2020
  • The Real Review
    2017 Mount Horrocks Nero d’Avola By Toni Paterson 95 Points A divine wine with glorious fragrance with cranberry and raspberry fruit and hints of orange peel. The medium-bodied palate is tight and bright and tart cherry flavours and a hint of vanilla. It is breezy, elegant and ethereal and is representative of the skill of its maker.   The Real ...

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