Mount Horrocks Shiraz 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 greats.


    Tyson Stelzer

    WBM Magazine May/June 2020

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  • 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 who enjoy bold, primary fruit shirazes, but will undoubtedly age well too.


    The Real Review

    26th March 2020

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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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  • Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017


    Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Alexander Vineyard Shiraz 2015

    By Tyson Stelzer

    94 Points

    There is a wonderful, effortless harmony to this vintage, comfortably and perfectly balancing tangy brightness, black-fruited depth, spicy intrigue and fine-grained, mineral, Watervale tannins. It’s all underlined by supportive dark chocolate French oak. One of the greats from Mount Horrocks, compelling from the outset, and it’s only going to get better.

    Drink 2020-2025

    Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017 by Tyson Stelzer
    June 2017

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  • “elegant flavours”


    2015 Mount Horrocks Alexander Shiraz

    By John Fordham

    Classic presentation of deep, richly-flavoured Clare Valley Shiraz with ring-master Stephanie Toole on top of her game from her precise fruit selection through to her wizardry on the winery floor. Spicy, succulent, elegant flavours and a lingering velvety finish guarantee a super red wine experience.

    The Sunday Telegraph

    21st May 2017

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  • “It’s quite exemplary”


    2015 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz

    By Campbell Mattison

    93 POINTS

    Don’t be fooled by mention of whole bunches; this is syrupy and smooth and harmonious, its twiggy/herbal/bunchy characters sucked straight into the fruit of the wine and then smooth-sealed by oak. There’s nothing yin and yang about this; it presents as a seamless whole. Ultra fine tannin seems right at home in this context. It’s all plums, musky cream and spices. It’s quite exemplary.

    Drink 2018 – 2028+

    March 2017

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  • Top 100 Wines


    2014 Mount Horrocks Shiraz

    95 Points

    By Tony Love

    This certified organic wine brings a more subtle approach to Clare Shiraz than many others. With great control of the fragrance, terrific integration and balance in the oak treatment, the shiraz remains clear-headed, encouraged by brighter, crimson fruit characters, juiciness and drinkability in a medium to full-bodied structural package.  Its energy bounces through to the finish, its flavours refusing to lie down

    The Advertiser 16th July 2016

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  • A Classy Wine


    2014 Shiraz

    95 POINTS

    By Ray Jordan

    A remarkable gentle and subtle shiraz from the Clare Valley. About 12 per cent was whole-bunch foot crushed. The result is a brilliantly smooth and supple wine, displaying great concentration and refinement in a compelling combination. It’s so silky and textured.  This is a classy wine.

    The West Australian

    “Fresh Magazine” 4th July 2016

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  • WineFront


    2014 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz

    94 POINTS

    By Campbell Mattison

    The oak is certainly obvious, the style certainly plush. Neither of these aspects are really the norm for Mount Horrocks, which generally tends towards the savoury. But this 2014 release isn’t your ‘usual’ Mount Horrocks Shiraz. This is deeper and richer, with the firmness to match. It’s a wine of some standing, so to speak. Some command. The oak – smoky and raw – feels quality, as indeed does the fruit. Give it some time, and it will shine.

    April 2016

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017


    Mount Horrocks Shiraz 2014

    95 Points

    A complex array of flavours, textures and tangs. Everything is beautifully integrated and yet you can feel and appreciate the positive effect of whole bunches, oak and spice-shot tannin.  This isn’t your standard fare. It’s measured, composed, lively and exquisitely well balanced. CM

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