Grosset, 'Springvale' Clare Valley Riesling 2019
Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.
The six hectare Springvale vineyard (ACO certified organic) is situated at Watervale’s highest elevation (460 metres) on a gradual, mainly north-facing slope where thin red loams are interspersed with shale over limestone. This highly soft rock site insulates the drought-sensitive Riesling vines, which produce compact lime-green, moderate sized berries and bunches averaging 150 grams.
The 2019 vintage was a game changer for Grosset Wines. The low winter rainfall resulted in the lowest yielding vintage for decades. Smaller berries and bunches than normal gave more concentrated flavours in the harvested fruit.
The organic grapes were hand harvested and delivered promptly to the winery in small parcels, where they were crushed and destemmed. The fruit was then gently pressed and the free run juice was inoculated with neutral yeasts to preserve the natural expression of the vineyard in the final wine. Fermentation lasted two weeks and took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in separate batches according to clone and vine age before blending and bottling.
The 2019 Springvale Riesling is highly fragrant with intense aromas of lemongrass, lime and floral notes. On the palate, this wine is powerful and weighty with concentrated lemon and lime flavours. The crisp acidity and mineral notes carry through on the lingering finish.