Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling 2016
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.
The outstanding 2016 vintage has clarified the changing character of the Springvale. Grosset Springvale 2016 has attractive lemon blossom aromatics with a hint of chalkiness; is intensely dry and mouthpuckering in its youth; shows generous lime, lemongrass flavours again with minerally notes; and finishes dry, vibrant and long. It is poised and given neat balance by its tight structure and shaley minerally acidity.
This is simply stunning- …It ticks all the boxes for world-class Clare riesling with citrus blossom aromas, delightful minerality and structure, length and a crisp acid finish. Chalky, slatey, lemony, or plain delicious. You try and choose just one descriptor. Brilliant. Wine of the Week; Winsor Dobbin
The bouquet is chalky, savoury and flowery, very clean and overt, pristine and overt. The palate has more weight than the Polish Hill, and more power. It’s a wine of great clarity and purity, and the most impressive riesling on the day. 97 Points. Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com, September 2016
The king of Clare’s rieslings have become benchmarks, both domestically and internationally… (Springvale) has often played bridesmaid to a Polish Hill sibling but here there might just be a dead-heat, everything about this in its florals, cut lime fruits, tingling acidity and minerally textures fusing seamlessly. It’s endlessly pleasurable but do try the Polish Hill as well. 5 Stars. Value: Elite. Tony Love, The Source SA, 14 September 2016
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