‘Cordon Cut’ refers to a unique process which 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. Stephanie’s experience came into play once again, as the fermentation of fruit in five separate fermentation vats was halted when she determined the flavour to be right. Considerable residual sugar remained, with 185 grams per litre.
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.
The grapes were hand picked from the Mount Horrocks ‘Cordon Cut’ vineyard in Auburn, Clare Valley. The free run juice fermentation is stopped to leave residual grape sugars in the wine. In the winery, the bunches were gently handled under conditions that ensured the varietal and site-specific flavours in the resultant wine were retained. This wine is unoaked.
Ideal with roasted pineapple in a Demerara and vanilla sauce, or candied orange peel dessert. Or quite simply enjoy on its own. Certified organic.