Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Chateau Siaurac is the most important property of Lalande de Pomerol, and its vineyard is in a single, contiguous plot. It is the largest estate of the appellation and is comprised of 46 hectares of planted vine.
On the palate, the spectacular 2014 vintage Chateau Siaurac offers generous fruity hints that can be compared to those of a Pomerol with heady aromas of damson, overripe plum, raisin and leather. The tannins are fine and chalky. This wine carries a long finish which is both scented and elegant with mineral accents.
Mount Horrocks Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Region: Clare Valley
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Suitable for Vegans: Yes
Suitable for Vegetarians: Yes
Food pairing: A classic Cab Sauv, this would be a great match to roasted red meats with big, rich smokey flavours.
Mount Horrocks is owned by winemaker Stephanie Toole, who restricts production to approximately 2,500 cases per year in order to achieve her aims of quality and single-vineyard expression. The Clare Valley winery was established in 1980 and purchased by Stephanie in 1993, since then she has made significant improvements to the wines, vineyards and winery. In 2014, the winery and vineyards were organically certified by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic) and in 2021, they were certified biodynamic.
Stephanie describes her wines as ‘hand-made food wines’ with an emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours. All grapes are estate grown and hand picked from two organically managed vineyards: the ‘Cordon Cut’ vineyard at Auburn close to the cellar door, planted only to Riesling; and the ‘Alexander’ vineyard at Watervale for Riesling, Semillon, Nero d’Avola, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. She has a total of nearly 10 hectares of vines. Stephanie’s persistence with classic, no-compromise winemaking and a fully integrated organic approach to growing sets Mount Horrocks wines apart from the mainstream.
Each release from Stephanie seems to eclipse the quality standard set by the previous vintage. The ‘Watervale’ Riesling is a regional classic, the Semillon is barrel fermented and exquisite, while the ‘Cordon Cut’ Riesling ranks among Australia’s best sweet wines. Stephanie’s Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are ethereal, elegant expressions from Clare and get better every year. Stephanie decided to make a Nero d‘Avola after falling for the variety on a trip to Sicily. Hand-picked at full ripeness, it is a wine that is bright and lively, with medium weight and bursting with muscular fruit.
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