Clare Valley Nero d’Avola

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 Mount Horrocks Nero d'Avola was produced from low yielding vines planted in 2007 on their estate owned single vineyard in Watervale, Clare Valley, which has a northerly aspect. Soils are red clay over limestone and the vines are VSP trained. 2013 was the second vintage of this wine.

Vintage Information

The growing season and quality of the fruit was superb. Dry, warm weather encouraged early grape flavour development. Conditions during harvest were ideal and meant fruit was brought into the winery in perfect condition on the 24th of February 2013.


The fruit was hand picked and fermented to dryness on skins to improve structure, in red wine fermenters and pumped over five times a day with maximum temperatures reaching 28-30°C. It was racked into barriques and aged for 18 months in French oak, 30% of which was new.

Tasting Notes

Bright cherry red. Juicy and perfumed, the nose is heady and lightly floral. With generous forest fruits, prune and a hint of spice, the taste is rounded, with Nero d'Avola's trademark fresh acidity and smooth tannins. Tantalisingly drinkable, this is a very appealing modern take on a classic Italian varietal.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Nero d`Avola
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Stephanie Toole
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 7g/l
Residual Sugar 1.2g/l
Wine pH 3.4