Grosset Wines philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The organically managed vineyards are hand tended, and each bunch of grapes is harvested at optimum ripeness. The winemaking process is gentle and uncomplicated. With dedication, discipline and the application of knowledge garnered through decades of experience, the result is the finest expression of variety and place.
With its first vintage in 2012, ‘Alea’ is the most recent of the Grosset rieslings. The result of three years of painstaking experimentation in the vineyard, it is made in the style of the rieslings of Germany and Austria. While the Grosset Springvale vineyard is a soft rock site of red loam over limestone, ‘Alea’ is a hard rock site and the wines are distinctly different. There are lemon juice and lime pith aromatics, a generosity of lime juice flavours, a touch of sweetness on the backpalate balanced by refreshingly powerful natural acidity.
The Grosset Alea Riesling 2016 has bright voluminous aromas of white flowers and kaffir lime and a generous, almost fleshy mid-palate with potent lemongrass and lime flavours. Almost dry, the palate is succulent and long with a tight fine structure and exuberant sweeping acidity on a clean dry finish. This may be the Grosset white for a range of Asian dishes, or as an aperitif.
The wine has a beguiling fragrance which emphasises citrus blossoms, intense and focused. The sweetness is so restrained it’s barely off-dry (half-dry would be overstating it) and the palate is beautifully balanced. If tasted on its own, it would probably not be obviously in a dfferent sweetness category. A gorgeous wine which will surely age magnificently. 95 Points. Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com, September 2016
The 2015 release raised the bar for Grosset Alea Riesling and this 2016 matches it, at the very least. It’s stellar. It brings orange blossom to the table of lime and lemon, and builds a bolt of intense flavour to both the mid palate and to the finish. It’s a ‘you won’t be disappointed’ wine. 94+ Points. Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, September 2016
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