Mount Horrocks Alexander Vineyard Watervale Clare Valley
Mount Horrocks vineyards are beautiful places, to work or to visit.
Every Mount Horrocks vineyard site has been chosen by Stephanie Toole and is owned and managed by Mount Horrocks Wines. Each of the six wines from Mount Horrocks originates from a single vineyard.
All Mount Horrocks vineyards are A-grade certified organic and biodynamic (ACO).
Mount Horrocks Alexander Vineyard
Strikingly beautiful and isolated, the Alexander Vineyard is located at the extreme North-eastern corner of the Watervale sub-region of the Clare Valley. Planted in 2002 at an altitude of 475 metres, it is exclusively the source of shiraz grapes for the Alexander Vineyard Shiraz.
Mount Horrocks Watervale Vineyard
Located to the east and south of Alexander Vineyard are the plantings of semillon, riesling and nero d’avola. In 2016 a small area was planted to cabernet sauvignon (new virus-free selections)
However, while the total vineyard area planted at Watervale covers 6.3 hectares, the vines are carefully positioned in varying soil and rock profiles across a much larger (32ha) property; the three sections of vineyard separated by rocky outcrops and ridges.
Thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted to revegetate this surrounding land, while sheep and cattle (organically certified) happily graze the balance.
Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Vineyard
Located at Auburn in conditions very different to the high altitude Watervale plantings, this vineyard is located in somewhat warmer, lower altitude part of the Clare Valley. The reason is simple – ripe, richly flavoured fruit is sought from the warmer conditions. It is planted exclusively to riesling.
From first planting, the vines have been specially trained. Each year the fruiting canes are cut late in the season and the fruit allowed to partially dry, concentrating the berry flavour; in principle quite simple but in reality, a complex and risky process.