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Mount Horrocks

Old Railway Station, Curling Street, Auburn, 5451

Cellar Door: Weekends and pub hols (10 -5 )

Ph: (08) 8849 2243

Emount horrocks labelstablished in 1982. Mount Horrocks Wines is operated by proprietor / winemaker Stephanie Toole, who restricts production to approximately 4,500 cases per annum to achieve her aims of quality and single vineyard expression.

Stephanie describes her wines as “essentially hand made food wines with emphasis on structure as well as generous fruit flavours”.

All grapes are hand picked. As well as the Riesling she produces Semillon, Chardonnay, Cab Merlot and Shiraz. The Cordon Cut Riesling is one of Australia's best examples of this unusual style.

In April 1998, Stephanie opened for cellar door sales in the renovated Auburn Railway station.

cellar door pic
Mt. Horrocks cellar door is located in Auburn's old railway station (photo: genxywines)
Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Latest Reviews

Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($35 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2021

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, floral and lush lime marmalade, lemon barley, glazed apple and honey, viscous with gingery spices, refreshing mandarin nuanced acidity  (****1/2)

Mount Horrocks Riesling 2015

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2017 or 2024 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting:: Dec 2015, floral and deeply set lemon sherbet, passionfruit and apple with orange blossom  and honeysuckle notes, talcy with crunchy lemon rind acidity with wet stone finish  (****)

Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($35 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, this is the most vibrant vintage I have tried of this wine, fresh but viscous lime marmalade, lemon barley, stonefruit with a touch of gingery spice and vanilla, the spine of mandarin peel nuanced acidity is perfectly pitched this time to keep this refreshing and balanced benchmark for this rare style (*****)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2014

Purchased: Not ($32)

Drink: 2016 or 2022+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2015, floral and generous lemon barley, lime zest and green apple with lanolin, orange blossom and rose petal notes, tightens up on the finish with tangy grapefruit acidity and wet pebble notes (****)

Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2012

Purchased: ($35 for 375 ml bottle)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, sweet floral nose, tangy lime marmalade, apple and lemon sherbert with gingery spices and a hint of vanilla , the fairly focussed palate is underpinned fine talcy phenolics, well judged mandarin-rind acid counter-balance, has avoided the tinny/metallic aspects of some previous vintages and the botrytis from the wet 2011 vintage (****1/2)

Mount Horrocks Semillon 2012

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2017

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, as usual this is 100% barrel fermented, brightly flavoured lemon barley, melon, lemon grass flavours with mid-palate creaminess, the oaking adds  toasty cinnamon/vanilla notes to the lingering finish, vibrant chalky lemon rind acidity (****)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2013

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2015 or 2021+ if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Dec 2013, good orange blossom nose, rather ripe and generously flavoured lime, apple and lemon sherbert, fairly open structure with tangy grapefruit acidity on the wet stone finish (***1/2)

Mt. Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2013 or 2021 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, perfumed, very long, focussed and slaty with piercing lemon rind and lime with red apple, lavender and lanolin nuances, underpinned with a very fine talcy texture, racy acidity on the flinty and slightly briny finish (****1/2) 

Mt. Horrocks Clare Valley Cordon Cut Riesling 2011

Purchased: Not ($34 for 375 ml)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, for the first time this has a small botrytis component reflecting the challenging humid vintage although this is not a bad thing, sweet and spicy barley lemon, pear, lime marmalade and tangerine with the botrytis element bringing an extra level of complexity, talcy and slightly less viscous than usual with chalky phenolics and zippy lemon acids on the finish (****1/2)

Mt. Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon 2010

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, 100% barrel fermented, bright and brassy lemon barley, melon, cut hay and pear flavours with mid-palate leesy creaminess and good length, the oak impact is fairly overt and brings clove/cinnamon/vanilla notes to the finish alongside the chalky lemon acids (***1/2)

Mt. Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Nov 2011, sweet and ripe core of blackcurrant and plum fruit with savoury olive, mint and sarsparilla notes, medium-full bodied with fine tannins and restrained cedar/vanilla oak (***1/2)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2009

Purchased: Cellar Door ($25)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, long and tightly wound lime and lemon sherbert with sculptured minerality, vibrant grapefruit acidity on the wet slate finish, has the focus and balance to please the Riesling afficiadnos who are prepared to cellar this (****)

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cordon Cut Riesling 2009

Purchased: Cellar Door ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, candied pineapple, mango, lime and apricot marmalade, infused with vibrant talcy phenolics, fresh citric acids provide good balance but there is a slightly tinny aspect to the finish (****)

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Semillon 2008

Purchased: Cloudwine, South Melbourne ($27)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, 100% barrel fermented food wine style, creamy with sightly confectionary lemon barley, melon and honeysuckle with savoury and wax mid-palate nuances, vibrant lemon acids keep it from getting stale, subtle vanilla oak aspect on the finish, fractionally short (***1/2)

Mount Horrocks Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, there is a 10% Merlot input, ripe and slightly jammy cassis, plum and raspberry, slightly smoky with a light dusting of spice, medium bodied palate has some savoury meat aspects, very fine tannins with creamy cedar-vanilla oak (***1/2)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2009, fragrant but restrained medium bodied style for the region showing raspberry, cranberry and plum with cinnamon, clove and white pepper notes, savoury with fine tannins and good creamy/spicy cedar-vanilla French oak, fruit finishes a little lean and short for a higher score (***1/2)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2007

Purchased: Not ($27)

Drink: 2012

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, clean and vibrant style showing honeydew melon, cut grass and lemon with the mid-palate having a creamy lees and barrel ferment texture and some dried herb complexity, toasty vanilla oak finish with fresh lemon acids, well controlled phenolics (****)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2007

Purchased: Not ($28)

Drink: 2010 or 2017 if you like it toasty

(GXY) Tasting: Feb 2008, ripe and floral green apple, lime ad lemon sherbert with some confectionary tropical fruit, broader than usual but there is a chalky talcum powder backbone and a lingering slatey finish (***1/2)

Mount Horrocks Watervale Riesling 2004

Purchased: King and Godfreys, Carlton ($25)

Drink: 2010

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2005, Alsatian style, lemon and lime with hints of rose petal and slate on the nose, tangy, lively fruit interplaying with strong counter-balancing acid, dry finish (****)