Mount Horrocks Alexander Vineyard Shiraz 2018

  • 2018 Mount Horrocks Alexander Vineyard Shiraz

    290 cases produced

    The Alexander Vineyard is ideally situated for high quality, low yielding, certified organic grapes. Stephanie takes a very European approach to making this wine. One-quarter of the fruit is whole-bunch foot crushed, giving a fresh, perfumed and less tannic component. The remainder is more traditionally managed, crushed and fermented for more palate weight and extract. Both components then spend 18 months in French oak barriques. Expressive and beautifully poised, this release is half our ‘normal’ production.

     

    Tasting Notes

    Vibrant cherry red.

    Dark-fruited with fragrant almost floral oak aromas. Very alluring.

    Youthful, lively red and black fruits, mandatory shiraz spice in the toasted mixed spice arena, plush tannins and a long, appealing finish. Modern Australian shiraz that drinks beautifully right now, with barbequed lamb, and will age well for 12 or more years.

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Recent reviews

  • WBM Magazine
    95 points 2018 Alexander Vineyard Shiraz I love the elegant, classic and understated refinement of Stephanie Toole’s sensitivity in the wines, and this release epitomises it, right down to a one-quarter component whole-bunch and foot crushed. It’s seamless and harmonious from day one, uniting fragrance with deep, succulent, black allure. Classic Clare Shiraz, and one of the ...
  • The Real Review
    93 points 2018 Alexander Vineyard Shiraz By Huon Hooke Deep, bright, youthful purple colour, and a raw essency aroma of dark plum and blackberry – the palate likewise very fresh and crisp, slightly callow and primal. Spicy and cool, it shows lots of potential. The tannins are soft and mild and it could be drunk now by those ...
  • Halliday Wine Companion 2020
    2017 Mount Horrocks Alexander Vineyard Shiraz 96 Points Top class for Mount Horrocks. Black fruits are rich, round and succulent, so much so that they overshadow the new oak (without aggression) and tannins. Excellent balance and length. Top class for Mount Horrocks.
  • WBM Magazine
    2017 Alexander Vineyard Clare Valley Shiraz By Mike Bennie 93 Points Red fruits, jubey and bright, bouncy kind of perfume, ripe, nougat oak showing a light hand. Lots of same to taste, with choc-berry fruit character followed through with green, leafy characters. Fleshy, supple tannins, builds in richness through punchy finish. Good stuff here.   WBM Trade Magazine May/June 2019
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018
    ‘Alexander Vineyard’ Shiraz 2015 96 Points By James Halliday Manages to be unashamedly full-bodied and decidedly complex, yet retains perfect balance, with a fresh, juicy quality reflecting its modest alcohol. There is a rainbow of fruit flavours on the long palate and lingering aftertaste.

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