Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2015
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.
“Springvale has come into its own” says Jeff, reflecting on his careful choice of site and how the result has been a surprise. “Springvale covers just 6 hectares of a much larger property at Watervale. Planted to exactly mirror the limestone below, the aim was to produce a ‘typical’ Watervale riesling. However, as the vines matured and the roots hit Mintaro slate buried deep below the limestone, recent vintages have expressed a unique site-specific, more mineral profile.” There are attractive lime and lemon blossom aromas with an underlying chalky minerality; a supple mid-palate showing more generosity than its sibling, yet tight and fine, leading to an expressive finish that is vibrant, crisp and has wonderful length. It’s neatly balanced, minerally and delightfully dry. Perfect with grilled calamari, white fish or roast chicken salad.
Bobby dazzler of a wine. Soft and easy-going but strung with tense flavour from the back palate onwards. The finish is a sheer burst of impressive flavour, without being too cutting. It’s not a challenging wine. It’s a pristine, blossomy, chalky one. Fennel notes add something extra. Classic. Rating: 96 Points; Drink: 2015-2030; Price: $40; Date Tasted: August 2015; Alcohol: 12.7%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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