Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2011



1st December, 2013

Steven Spurrier

An elegantly ripe wine with white fruits and personality.

2nd September, 2013

Sarah Ahmed

With its rush of citrus (terrific lemony drive) and subtly smoky oak, it was pitch perfect... I reckon Mount Horrocks produces its most finely honed example, especially in this cool year. It carried not an ounce of fat and has a sublime quality to its freshly squeezed lemon core – perhaps it’s that it’s less fruity and more fruit scented. At any rate, very fine, with its customary deftly judged veneer of pungent, flinty, smoky oak. Terrific.

2nd May, 2012

Tyson Stelzer, 93 points

The cool 2011 season has done wonderful things for Mount Horrocks Semillon, making for an impressively chiseled style. Semillon doesn’t always respond well to full barrel fermentation, but here the buttered toast and roast nut characters imparted serve to balance the taut, primary zesty lemon drive of this high-tensile season, pulling into a honed finish of chalky mineral structure and considerable persistence.



Gleaming, very pale yellow. Lifted fragrant vanilla spice over apple and pear fruits, generous and appealing. Semillon’s lemon zest and herbal characters are held aloft by a deft touch of French oak barrel fermentation, delivering additional texture and spice notes, layered upon sprightly acidity. Flavoursome and stylish, rich and rounded yet not at all heavy, with fabulous length.


The Mount Horrocks Semillon is from a low yielding, single vineyard of unirrigated vines in Watervale. Harvest is always done by hand.

The wine was 100% barrel fermented with lees stirring every two weeks for three months. It remained in French oak barriques for a total of eight months. 40% of the oak was new and the remainder one and two years old.


13.5% abv

Mount Horrocks Watervale Semillon 2011
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