Shiraz Clare Valley South Australia
Mt Horrocks have established a cult following, due in no small part to excellence of husbandry in the vineyard and an uncompromising attention to detail in the winemaking. Mt Horrocks make a quality of Watervale Shiraz that just dances across the palate, such is the freshness of the fruit and brightness of tannin, all supported by lively acidity. Clare Valley charisma in abundance, with a twist of mint and a lick of nutty oak. Drink now, with or without food, tapas works very well, so does anythong with bearnaise sauce or Italian pork and fennel sausage.
The team at Mount Horrocks maintain a tight rein over quality by limiting production to under 5,000 cases per annum. With the emphasis on natural farming principles and environmentally sustainable organic practices, Mount Horrocks has vineyards at three sites totalling ten hectares in Clare Valley. Vines are hand nurtured and painstakingly managed to yield trim crops of the most intensely flavoured berries. A totally wholistic approach to viticulture is matched by a respect for traditional winemaking fundamentals. The specialty of the house is in the construct of what are essentially hand made food wines with the emphasis on structure and generosity. All grapes are hand picked and only the finest French oak is used.
Deep violet red colour. Fragrant, vibrant aromas of plum and red berries with distinct anise and bramble notes. Dark fruits combine earthy, forest floor notes that deliver an alluring sweet savoury edge to this powerful, richly flavoured yet elegant wine. Bright, chalky tannins add texture alongside delicious spice elements from both the varietal shiraz fruit and sophisticated French oak. This is a lively, joyous Shiraz, showing vitality and the hallmarks of development.