Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon Reviews

  • WBM Magazine

    March 4, 2020

    Mount Horrocks Semillon 2018

    By Tyson Stelzer

    93 Points

    The late, cool 2018 season has birthed a particularly refined Mount Horrocks Semillon, charged with the precision of preserved lemon grass and blessed with the toasty complexity of barrel fermentation and maturation. Its cool, high altitude acid drive is more electric than ever, beckoning a long and exciting future.

    WBM Magazine

    November/December 2019

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  • Halliday Wine Companion 2020

    September 27, 2019

    2018 Mount Horrocks Semillon

    95 Points

    Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, fermented in French barriques (40% new), matured on lees for 8 months. A small make (297 dozen) but a good one. The oak is 100% balanced and integrated, leaving the lemony/juicy fruit free to express itself, and it does just that.

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  • Sunday Telegraph

    October 23, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks  Watervale Semillon

    By John Fordham

    Unlike non-oaked bobby-dazzlers from the Hunter Valley, Clare Valley semillons are of a different dimension, selecting oak to enhance flavour which, in this case, has led to an attractive savoury, citrus-enriched result. Pristine Clare Valley fruit and smart tinkering from Stephanie Toole deliver five-star enjoyment.

    Sunday Telegraph
    19th October 2018

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  • Halliday Wine Companion 2019

    August 14, 2018

    2017 Mount Horrocks Semillon

    95 Points

    By Campbell Mattinson

    Crisp and textural at once. The focus is acute. Lemon curd, citrus, cedar spice and a whisper of herbs. Beautiful wine, for now or for later.

     

     

     

     

     

    James Halliday Wine Companion 2019

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  • Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE

    June 14, 2018

    2016 Mount Horrocks Semillon, Clare Valley

    By Huon Hooke

    92 Points

    This is an excellent young Semillon which emphasises ripe floral aromas combined with subtle use of nutty oak, and no hint of grassiness. The wine is alive and intense in the mouth with a finish of lemon zest and fresh flowers. One of Stephanie Toole’s best yet.

    Gourmet Traveller WINE Oct/Nov 2017

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  • Sunday Telegraph

    June 14, 2018

    2016 Semillon

    By John Fordham

    Striking 100 percent barrel-fermented Clare Valley Semillon that points to winemaker Stephanie Toole’s skillful handling of the variety. Zesty citrus characters weave their way through a riveting palate journey, with an abundance of crisp, textured and creamy flavours in the wings.

    Sunday Telegraph 16th July 2017

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  • The Advertiser

    October 12, 2017

    2016 Mount Horrocks Semillon, Clare Valley

    By Tony Love

    Five Stars

    In a league of its own, this is semillon on steroids (in a truly great way), barrel-fermented in 40 per cent new oak that shows in its faintly smoky/charry nose yet never dominating the citrus zest and lemon curd fruit. Once you dwell further, there’s more than just that – stone fruits for sure, with a floral notes too, like the waft of field grasses and wheat. It’s a serious wine drinker’s sophisticated white, totally engaging and ultimately delicious.

    The Advertiser
    11th October 2017

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2018

    August 15, 2017

    Semillon 2016

    95 Points

    It is barrel -fermented, yet the oak is under tight control, acting as a framework for the fruit, which remains centre stage, zesty and tangy, but with lemon curd joining the lemon citrus fruit of the long lingering finish. 

    By James Halliday

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  • Australian & New Zealand Wines of the Year 2017

    June 6, 2017

    Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon 2015

    By Tyson Stelzer

    95 Points

    The ninth vintage from the Alexander vineyard in the north-east corner of Watervale, as always it’s 100% barrel fermented, matured and lees stirred in 40% new oak for eight months. You’d never guess the oak or maturation regime from its pale straw hue or its fragrant apple and lemon blossom bouquet. Even the palate possesses a tension and purity that belie its structural complexity. This is the classiest, purest and most thrilling semillon I can recall from Stephanie, with an endurance to rival the great whites of Bordeaux.

    Drink 2020-2030

    June 2017

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  • Wine Business Monthly Magazine

    February 16, 2017

    2015 Semillon 

    95 POINTS

    By Tyson Stelzer

    You’d never guess the oak or maturation regime from its pale straw hue or fragrant apple and lemon blossom bouquet. Even the palate possesses a tension and purity that belie its structural complexity.  This is the classiest, purest and most thrilling semillon from Mount Horrocks yet, with an endurance to rival the great whites of Bordeaux.

    Wine Business Monthly

    November/December 2016

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  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

    August 18, 2016

    Mount Horrocks Semillon 2015

    95 Points.

    Creamy oak, intense stone fruit and citrus, sizzling length. Style, flavour and the finishing touches of quality.  A bright, clear beauty. CM

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  • James Halliday Magazine

    February 2, 2016

    2014 Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon

    By James Halliday

    94 Points

    As always, 100% barrel-fermented and matured. It is Semillon that is all layered richness and texture, with some toasty notes awaiting the little butter destined to appear in a couple of years. Acidity provides cleansing balance and length.

    February/March 2016

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