Grosset & Mount Horrocks

Sarah Ahmed tutored a comparative tasting of Mount Horrocks and Grosset wines for the Harrogate Medical Wine Society on Thursday 16 June 2011 in Harrogate. and for information on these two top Clare Valley wineries.  The World of Fine Wine (Issue 23 – 2009) has an article on Grosset and Mount Horrocks by Sarah Ahmed – “The Odd Couple: Grosset & Toole.”

The tasting list was as follows:

  • 2010 Grosset Off-Dry Clare Valley Riesling (HMWS £15.94)
  • 2009 Grosset Springvale Riesling (HMWS £17.66)
  • 2010 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling (£21.95)
  • 2006 Grosset Gaia Clare Valley (£27.47)
  • 2009 Mt. Horrocks Watervale Riesling (£13.70)
  • 2009 Mt. Horrocks Cordon Cut Riesling (£16.78)
  • 2008 Mt. Horrocks Watervale Semillon (£15.35)
  • 2008 Mt. Horrocks Clare Valley Shiraz (£17.00)

4 thoughts on “Grosset & Mount Horrocks

  1. Thirty members and two invited guests attended the tasting on Thursday.

    The 2006 Polish Hill Riesling gave a glimpse of the cellaring potential of the intense, mineral wine. Gaia is a polished, balanced and very accomplished example of the two cabernets (75% Cabernet sauvignon & 20% cabernet franc, 18 months in 45% new French oak). Cordon cut Riesling is one of the most lushes and compelling New World sweet wines without a hint of botrytis (135g residual sugar). All three wines should be in any good cellar.

    Mount Horrocks Rieslings seem to lack the intensity of the Grosset counterparts and oak in the Semillon (barrel fermented and nine months in French oak) drowned its fruit.

    I was surprised and somewhat disappointed to learn that the Grosset wines are freely acidified. The Off-Dry Riesling has a pH of 2.87 with total acidity reaching 9g!

    As always, Sarah Ahmed’s presentation was polished, fluid and professional.


    “An outstanding tasting, expertly tutored.”

    “Thoroughly enjoyed the Tasting last evening – all the wines were very interesting and I thought Sarah was terrific! Having been to Clare Valley twice and met Jim Barry and tasted his Armagh and got a signed bottle (now alas empty) to prove it – it almost felt like a third trip!! A great evening.”


  3. This means that for once you can crack on with a Grosset Riesling without feeling that you have committed a vinous sin and without me encouraging you too much. … blog.From the six hectare Springvale Vineyard at one of its highest and coolest points in the north-eastern part of the Watervale district which is planted on soft rock soils red loam over limestone. This leads on nose and palate with a seamless and prolonged delivery of mouthwatering lime and grapefruit perfumed lime blossom and chalk dust which adds a textural spine. As you d expect from Grosset it s possessed of crystalline purity and precision making for a long controlled seemingly endless finish with breathtaking fluidity. Broachable if intensely primary and youthful at this stage with plenty in reserve………… .Riesling s unique finesse and delicacy show in these two lovely but very different Clare Valley whites Grosset s classic appeared in a masked tasting held by Jeir Creek s Kay Howell.


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