Mount Horrocks Wines is run by proprietor/winemaker Stephanie Toole. Stephanie restricts production to approximately 3,000 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.
Stephanie planted Nero d'Avola in her Watervale vineyard in 2007 after falling in love with the variety on a holiday to Sicily. The vineyard is northerly facing, soils are red clay over limestone and the low-yielding vines are trained to vertical shoot position.
A warmer than average December was followed by more usual temperatures in January although rainfall was low. February began cool, with some much-needed rain before a string of warm, sunny days and cool nights, making for ideal harvest conditions. 2016 looks to be the most exciting vintage in a decade.
The fruit was hand picked and fermented on skins in an open fermenter to improve structure. It was racked into barriques and aged for 18 months in French oak, 35% of which was new.
This wine is brightly coloured with aromas of raspberry and floral notes. On the palate, flavours of dark cherry, raspberry and plum are balanced by soft tannins and spice.
100% Nero d`Avola
Certified Organic, Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian