Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Reviews

  • Halliday Wine Companion

    May 1, 2020

    2019 Mount Horrocks Riesling

    95 Points

    This offers the commodity in short supply in ’19: finesse. Or, if you prefer, elegance. It has all the varietal flavours that make Riesling what it is – mouthwatering, vibrant, crisp and long – riding high on a magic carpet.

     

    By James Halliday

    1st December 2019

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  • WBM Magazine

    May 1, 2020

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2019

    By Tyson Stelzer

    94 points

    A cool harvest has maintained fantastic tension and energy in this dry, low-yielding season, making for a Mount Horrocks of concentration, impact and poise. A brilliant cut of acidity drives a palate of magnificent line and length, with enticing appeal and head-turning presence from day one, loaded with potential for a long future.

    WBM Magazine

    November/December 2020

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  • Best Buys – Gourmet Traveller WINE

    May 1, 2020

    2019 Mount Horrocks Riesling

    BEST BUYS

    The name of subregion where this riesling is grown is Watervale, and perhaps that’s why I find it so mouthwatering upon each sip of every new vintage – the power of suggestion. Or maybe it’s because the vines planted in perfect red-soil-over-limestone terroir, are grown organically, and in 2019 yielded small crops of grapes that were meticulously handled by winemaker Stephanie Toole. Either way this wine is deeply moreish: perfumed, lime juicy, intense, mineral, driven.

     

    By Max Allen

    December/January 2020

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  • WBM Magazine

    February 5, 2019

    2018 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Tyson Stelzer

    95 Points 

    Stunning. Unites the concentration and confidence of a dry, low-yielding season with the tension and enduring poise of a long, cool ripening window. It’s a precise and glorious union of kaffir lime, granny smith apple and lemon, with the subtle exoticism of guava. With lingering persistence, exacting line, fine limestone minerality and high-tensile acidity, this is one of the greats, with a glorious life before it.

    WBM Magazine

    Jan/Feb 2019

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  • Wine of the Week

    October 23, 2018

    Mount Horrocks 2018 Watervale Riesling

    By Winsor Dobbin

    Riesling is my “go to” grape for spring and summer quaffing – and this new Clare Valley release is right in the grove; fresh, vibrant and citrusy with minerality and crisp acid finish. There is plenty of length to this estate-grown single vineyard riesling from Watervale and all Stephanie Toole’s wines are certified organic and are vegan friendly. This is bone dry and would pair brilliantly with fresh oysters, pan-fried King George whiting, or simply on the deck with some Justin Isbell on the stereo.

    Damn fine drinking. Drink now or cellar.

    gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com

    October 2018

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  • 100 Best Australian Wines 18/19

    June 14, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks, Watervale Riesling

    By Matthew Jukes

    This is my favourite vintage of Stephanie Toole’s dry Riesling in years! The slender, rapier sharp fruit is epic with pithy, chalky notes and no overt juiciness whatsoever. It is a very grown up and stripped down style and this makes it ravishing. The scent is pure and much more intense than the pale colour suggests and I have no doubt it will age very gently and for a long time.

    100 Best Australian Wines 2018/2019

    May 2018

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  • Winefront

    June 14, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Campbell Mattinson

    94 Points

    Single vineyard Riesling from one of the absolute stars of the Clare Valley region. In fact – I’d reckon this riesling doesn’t get quite the recognition it deserves. Exhibit A. This is a beautiful Clare Valley riesling. It screams Clare, it insists on riesling. Lemon, lime and talc, assertive with flavour but pure and darting through the finish. Accessible now, in a delicious way, and yet made for later. You really do just want to guzzle this, even as you admire it.

    www.winefront.com.au

    October 2017

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  • Gourmet on the Road, Winsor Dobbin

    June 14, 2018

    Mount Horrocks 2017 Watervale Riesling

    Stephanie Toole is something of a riesling whisperer, producing cracking wines vintage after vintage, albeit from the stellar Watervale region of the Clare Valley. This is estate grown and certified organic, but what counts most is expressions of flavour and regionality that burst onto your palate. This is freshness vinified and from a stellar vintage; made without acid additions or fining, and vegan and vegetarian friendly. Think fresh-cut citrus explosions, bright acidity and remarkable length. Pair with veggie spring rolls.

    By Winsor Dobbin

    www.gourmetontheroad.blogspot.com

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

    August 15, 2017

    Watervale Riesling 2017

    95 Points

    A riesling of the kind John Vickery might have made with the benefit of screwcaps. It has depth and attitude (like its maker), but doesn’t run the risk of blowing out/softening with age. Its balance and storehouse of limes, lemons and green apples make it a surefire each way bet, now or later.

    By James Halliday

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  • Wines to Enjoy New Years Eve

    February 8, 2017

    2016 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling

    By Tony Love

    This Clare Valley classic offers a little more than straight citrus, with smells of meadow hay and orchard flowers to start before that suck of a lemon quarter and exotic zest of lime.  This is, however, a warm summer’s day refreshment that is more than simply razored acidity.  Best if you have a bucket of prawns to nibble at while you’re sipping away.

    Tony Love – The Advertiser

    January 2017

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  • Winsor Dobbin’s Choice

    February 8, 2017

    2016 WATERVALE RIESLING

    96 POINTS

    The sample bottle, from which I was just pouring occasional sips, is mysteriously empty. “How the hell did that happen?” I ask myself. Only one answer; it was so darn delicious that I drank the entire bottle without noticing. I don’t advise anyone to follow my lead, but I can assure you this rarely happens at Chez Dobbin. A couple of glasses of most wines are more than enough. It is a tribute to the winemaking skills of Stephanie Toole that it happened.

    This is an estate-grown, single-vineyard riesling from riesling heartland in Watervale, Clare Valley. Certified organic, it is a classic Clare riesling, aromatic with vibrant lemon and grapefruit pithiness, linear, slatey and with brilliant acid. It is also delicate and ethereal. No wonder it evaporated. Grab a case for Christmas drinking pleasure.

    I’ll give it 96 points.  

    Winsor Dobbin

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  • “Just unreal”

    February 8, 2017

    2016 Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling  

    95 Points

    By Mike Bennie

    Scintillating, pure, vibrant Riesling. An epee thrust of citrus, green apple, crushed slate-like minerality. It’s got so much energy, feels so pent up, tight, squeaky, impressively long. It’s for drinking now with vigour, or lazing over after a couple of decades in the cellar.

    Just unreal.

    Wine Business Monthly Jan/Feb 2017

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