Grosset Pinot Noir 2013
Grosset Wines is an independently owned winery producing seven highly regarded premium wines each vintage. Established in 1981, the winery is situated in the historic township of Auburn at the southern tip of the Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide.
While in its fourth decade, annual production is capped at 11,000 cases (dozens), predominantly produced from twenty hectares of estate vineyards. Remaining small and focused has allowed Grosset Wines to preserve the character and individuality of the wines, developing a significant international profile by producing wines deemed consistently outstanding, benchmarks in their class.
Since the first release in 1993, Grosset Pinot Noir has been made predominantly from one vineyard site, and in recent years entirely. This truly hand-crafted (and foot-plunged) pinot is subtly complex, textural and tightly structured. Like the previous vintage, the 2013 Grosset Pinot Noir appears very young on release – bright, vibrant and primal – yet showing all the signs of being an admirable example of the variety.
There is restraint on the nose, subtle black fruit aromatics, making way for flavours of blackberry, mulberry and bramble complexed by a hint of briary complexity. Even now, the texture is silky; expect age to bring a mellow, velvety quality that will flow seamlessly to a gentle finish of considerable softness and length. Importantly, it has precision and balance on a light, tight frame – just what you expect in a first rate example of the variety. There’s intensity, restrained power in the mid-palate and supple, fine tannins which grip gently.
Only 430 dozen produced.
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