`Cordon Cut` Clare Valley Riesling

Clare Valley

Mount Horrocks

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 were 'A grade certified' by Australian Certified Organic (ACO). In 2014, 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.

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The grapes for this wine were hand-picked from the Mount Horrocks single vineyard in Auburn, Clare Valley. 'Cordon Cut' refers to a unique, risky process that involves cutting the canes when the grapes are ripe, allowing the remaining fruit to concentrate and raisin naturally on the vine. This results in intense flavour and richness.


From a single, estate vineyard, Cordon Cut is produced without botrytis infection, the cutting of the canes and extended hang time on the vine doing the job of raisining the fruit. The grapes are hand picked and then fermented slowly until the desired sweetness level is reached.

Tasting Notes

Bright pale yellow gold with a distinctive lime-edged youthfulness. Wildflower, orange essence, vanilla and musk notes leap from the glass. Here's a sweet white that doesn't cloy - it's vibrant and tangy with tangerine zip, sweet lime and delicious juicy fruit flavours all wrapped up in a framework of zesty acidity keeping it crisp and oh so more-ish. This vintage appears a little lighter and fresher, more focussed even - which auger well for both its drinkability and cellaring.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Stephanie Toole
Alcohol (ABV) 11.5%
Acidity 9.3g/l
Residual Sugar 125g/l
Wine pH 3.13