Mount Horrocks Wines is run by proprietor/winemaker Stephanie Toole. Stephanie restricts production to approximately 3,500 cases per annum in order to achieve her aims of quality and single vineyard expression. Stephanie describes her wines as 'essentially hand made food wines with an emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours'. All grapes are 100% estate grown from three separate vineyard sites totalling nearly 10 hectares which, in 2014, were 'A grade certified' by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). Her persistence with classic, no-compromise winemaking and a fully integrated organic approach to growing and making sets Mount Horrocks wines apart from the mainstream.
The low yielding Watervale vineyards have a southerly facing aspect and soils are a mixture of red loam, loamy/clay. The fruit comes from a single, unirrigated, hand pruned vineyard. These Riesling vines were originally two wire trained (the majority of Clare Valley producers still use the traditional two wire training system). Stephanie however chose to change the training system so that the canopies are now trained upwards, with foliage wires and vertical shoot positioning.
2017 harvest was later than in previous years, after a cool and slightly wetter summer and growing period. Fruit was in pristine condition. Stephanie started hand picking the Watervale Riesling on the 15th March.
The grapes were hand picked in the cool of the morning, cool crushed and de-stemmed and only the free run juice was used. The must was fermented by neutral yeasts in stainless steel tanks and fermented to dryness. No malolactic fermentation occurred to allow the pure expression of the variety and single vineyard site to shine through. The wine was bottled without fining.
Bright, pristine, lime-edged. Remarkably fragrant with lemongrass and fresh cut lime. Mineral-fresh, citrus toned, crisp and juicy – this is an outstanding, classic Clare Valley Riesling: pure and long. Combines delicacy with structure, the acid backbone signaling long a future ahead.