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An illustrious vineyard winery of great historical import, the Kay Brothers Amery property is planted to sacred vines which can be traced back to cuttings transplanted from the original Hardy site at Tintara. Holding pride of place as one of Mclaren Vale's first commercial vineyards, the winemaking practices at Kay Brothers have remained largely unchanged since establishment in the nineteenth century. An ancient basket press, painted bright red, is still employed to gently crush grapes in the traditional old world way. The exquisite Kay Brothers range remains one of the most sensational values in superior vintages of new world wine, the fruit of distinguished old vines, family operated since establishment, an essential experience for every enthusiast of the timeless and enduring Aussie Claret style... The essence & excellence of old mclaren vale vines»
William James Maxwell was an architectural sculptor who migrated from Scotland to Australia in 1875. He built a mock castle and established a family vineyard just outside Adelaide, which he named Woodlands Park. His son planted vines in nearby McLaren Vale and his grandson served a term as winemaker for Hardy Wines at the historic Tintara wineworks. William Maxwell's progeny remain in McLaren Vale, producing the southern hemisphere's most successful brands of Honey Mead, as well as vintages of the most extraordinary value in McLaren Vale Shiraz. But what does Maxwell taste like? Gentleman James Halliday describes Maxwell as robust, picking the eyes out of McLaren Vale shiraz; licorice, dark chocolate, savoury firm, ripe tannins, blackberry, positive oak the icing on the cake. Terrific value. Oh yes, he suggests that it should be enjoyed by.. Made of mature vine mclaren vale »

Mount Horrocks Shiraz CONFIRM VINTAGE

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.
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Case of 6
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.
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Mount Horrocks Wines is operated by proprietor and winemaker Stephanie Toole, who restricts production to approximately 4,500 cases per annum to achieve her aims of quality and single vineyard expression

Mount Horrocks Wines was established in 1982, was acquired by Stephanie Toole in 1993, and in April 1998 opened a cellar door in the renovated Auburn Railway station, around the corner from Grosset, her husband’s winery, where she makes her wines. Substantial renovations and landscaping of the station and surrounding railway yards have resulted in a showpiece for Auburn and the Clare Valley. Stephanie carefully crafts her wines, which she describes as "essentially hand made food wines with emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours" All grapes are hand picked, and only the finest French oak is used for those wines spending time in barrel.

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"Mount Horrocks has well and truly established its own identity in recent years, aided by positive marketing and, equally importantly, wine quality which has resulted in both show success and critical acclaim. Stephanie Toole has worked long and hard to achieve this, and I strongly advise you (or anyone else) not to get in her way!" -James Halliday

Mount Horrocks Wines has vineyards at three sites totalling 10 hectares, in the Clare Valley. Stephanie produces six wines under the Mount Horrocks Wines label: Watervale Riesling, Cordon Cut Riesling, Watervale Semillon, Watervale Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Watervale Shiraz.

Every autumn, Stephanie Toole goes through her 25 acres of vineyards in Clare Valley carefully slicing part way through the fruiting Riesling canes. Then she leaves the grape bunches to raisin naturally on the vine. Several weeks later, if it hasn’t rained excessively, Toole harvests the grapes to produce the Cordon Cut, a sweet wine of astonishing richness and vivid flavour. A vein of refined acidity runs through the sweetness to balance the wine, making it feel vibrant and framing the heady lime-accented green plum, pineapple and apricot flavours.

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In some vintages, a mineral component in the Cordon Cut is present. But the wine is unaffected by botrytis, so it never gets too honeyed. The 2005 Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut was served to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a four course lunch in London to celebrate her 80th birthday. Only four wines were served and the Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut was the only Australian wine in the lineup.

Under Stephanie's direction, Mount Horrocks Wines has been widely recognised by experts and wine lovers alike: James Halliday, 2006 Australian Wine Companion: Five Star Rating "Outstanding winery capable of producing wines of the highest calibre." Decanter Magazine 2004 World Wine Awards: Gold Medal and Trophy for Best Australian Sweet White over £10 - Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling. Max Allen, Decanter Magazine February 2004: one of Australia's "Ten Most Exciting Names to Watch." The developments over the past decade have been keenly followed by many and once again perhaps best observed by Australia's leading wine authority James Halliday: "Mount Horrocks has well and truly established its own identity in recent years, aided by positive marketing and, equally importantly, wine quality which has resulted in both show success and critical acclaim."

Stephaine Toole was nominated for Australia's most prestigious winemaking award, the Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE magazine's Winemaker of the year. Chairman of Judges Peter Forrestal says that Stephanie was nominated because her wines have been outstanding, and for "painstaking attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, a focus on single vineyard wines and an ability to reinvent traditional Clare wines"

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