Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling Reviews

  • InDaily

    15/09/2021

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2021

    The Clare Rieslings you know – and the ones you need to discover

    By Tony Love

    Enticing talc florals and bath salts to begin, lavender and pink rose petals then a citrus zing through the palate, tense yet full of vitality with vintage-reflective acidity that sits in well here. It has  youthful exuberance as a new release and will become more and more integrated and laid back over time. Delicious.

    InDaily – In review

    Wednesday 15th September 2021

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  • Australian Classic

    16/02/2021

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2020

     

    Vintage after vintage, Stephanie Toole from Mount Horrocks produces one of the best dry rieslings from the Clare Valley in South Australia. The 2020 lives up to expectations with great citrus flavours, brilliant acid on the finish and terrific length. This is a perfect after-work refresher, or alternatively an excellent partner for Thai or Chinese dishes. Intense, stylish, minerally and exceptionally good value for $35.

     

    By Winsor Dobbin

    Ciao Magazine

    February 2021

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  • Max Allen

    02/12/2020

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2020

    BEST WINES FROM THE 2020 VINTAGE

    There’s an aromatic quality I often find in young, fresh Clare Valley Riesling that reminds me of the botanical refreshment of a perfect gin and tonic at the end of a hot day: a combination of lime and herbs and a satisfying whisper of bitterness – like grapefruit pith – that is utterly delicious and more-ish. And I found that character in spades in this great example of riesling from Stephanie Toole’s vineyard in Watervale sub-region of Clare. Lovely now, but will also age brilliantly in the cellar.

    By Max Allen
    The Financial Review
    November 2020

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  • The Real Review

    23/09/2020

    Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2020

    95 points

    Tremendous fragrance of frangipani, star jasmine, wonderfully talcum powdery and varietal in the extreme. The palate is very delicate, light-bodied and refined. It seems lower in alcohol than 13%. Very subtle and moreish. A keeper

     

    By Huon Hooke

    The Real Review

    21st September 2020

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  • Halliday Wine Companion

    01/05/2020

    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

    01/05/2020

    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

    01/05/2020

    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

    05/02/2019

    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

    23/10/2018

    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

    14/06/2018

    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

    14/06/2018

    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

    14/06/2018

    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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