Grape: Nero d'Avola
Region: Watervale, Clare Valley
Ageing Potential: Drink now - 6 years
Why You'll Love It?
Mount Horrocks is a small batch, organic producer from Watervale, Clare Valley. First established in 1980's it was purchased by winemaker Stephanie Toole in 1993. They limit their production levels to only 3500 cases a year with only 200 cases of that being this Nero d'Avola. Single vineyard, estate-grown, the fruit was hand-picked at full ripeness. Stephanie employs an early cold-soak prior to a nine day ferment with gentle daily plunging, maturing the wine in French oak barriques (30% new) for 18 months. “It is a very different wine to the shiraz or cabernet” said Stephanie. “So appealing early, this is just what I hoped for. Choosing this Sicilian variety back in 2003 to plant in the Clare Valley has proved to be a good decision.”
Ruby colour with a slight garnet rim. Loads of ripe dark fruits, blackberries, black cherries, plums, prunes with a touch of tobacco leaf and wild herbs. Juicy, lively palate with medium body, great natural acidity and supple tannins. Lovely drinking now, but can be cellared for another 6 years.
"Big ripe hit of dark and red berry fruit characters, touch of mocha. Cherry pie. Sweet smelling, pretty and fresh. Juicy in the palate, vibrant, crisp fringed and dances along to a sour-sweet tang of acidity. It’s joyous, delicious, refreshing, almost, and bright as can be. Perfect Australian-feeling wine..." 92 Points By Mike Bennie