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Grosset Springvale Riesling 2014

Riesling from Clare Valley, Australia
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12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#95 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015

Fragrant nose filled with lime zest and lime florals, whilst showing atouch of restraint. The palate is juicy with packs of limes, lemon and schist minerals. The wine is coiled tight with piercing acidity but there is a concentration of fruit and texture that lends amazing balance and depth. Ultra-dry finish.

Critical Acclaim

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W&S 95
Wine & Spirits
Springvale is the successor to Jeffrey Grosset's Watervale Riesling, renamed with the 2008 vintage when Grosset started to pull the fruit from his own vineyard. That vineyard sits at 1,500 feet, the same elevation as Polish Hill and higher than the original Watervale site nearby. The vines, planted in red loam and shale over limestone, produce more generously than those growing at Polish Hill; in 2014, the Springvale fruit is concentrated, almost electric in its spark of energy. Everythig about it is pure and cool, from the flowers-in-a-forest scent to the core strength of its mineral-edged fruit. This is a Riesling with abs. Grosset Rieslings are usually at their best after ten years in a cool, dark cellar.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Lithe, vibrant and light-footed, but explosive, with flavors of pear, honeysuckle, apple and cinnamon, glowing brightly on the long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2024.
JH 93
Australian Wine Companion
A complex, full-flavoured riesling, with notes of spice and talc along with the citrus of the bouquet; the palate has layers of lemon-accented fruit, but needs a touch more acidity to freshen and lengthen the finish.
RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Still quite closed, the Springvale Riesling shows faint citrusy aromas of lemons and yuzu with a dusting of chalk and white pepper. Light-bodied and dry, it is approachable on the palate showing a similar citrus character as the nose and finishes long.
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Grosset, Clare Valley, Australia
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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.

Jeffrey Grosset, owner and founder, has always been an innovator, challenging tradition and questioning accepted practices. He campaigned to institute the legal integrity of the Riesling grape in Australia, was a leading proponent for the introduction of screwcap closures and privately funded research into the subject.

Grosset Wines’ philosophy has remained steadfast over thirty years. The emphasis is on purity of fruit. The estate vineyards, which are ACO certified organic, 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.

Clare Valley

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The Clare Valley is actually a series of narrow north to south valleys, each with a different soil type and slightly different weather patterns along their stretch. In the southern heartland between Watervale and Auburn, there is mainly a crumbled, red clay loam soil called terra-rossa and cool breezes come in from Gulf St. Vincent. A few miles north, in Polish Hill, is soft, red loam over clay and is influenced by westerlies blowing in from the Spencer Gulf.

The differences in soil, elevation, degree of slope and weather enable the region to produce some of Australia’s finest, aromatic, spicy and lime-pithy Rieslings, as well as excellent Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec with ripe plummy fruit, good acid and big structure.

Clare Valley is an isolated farming country with a continental climate known for its warm and sunny days, followed by cool nights—perfect for wine grapes’ development of sugar and phenolic ripeness in conjunction with notable acidity levels.


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A regal variety of incredible purity and precision, Riesling possesses a remarkable ability to reflect the character of wherever it is grown while still maintaining easily identifiable typicity. This versatile grape can be just as enjoyable dry or sweet, young or old, still or sparkling and can age longer than nearly any other white variety. Riesling is best known in Germany and Alsace, and is also of great importance in Austria. The variety has also been particularly successful in Australia’s Clare and Eden Valleys, New Zealand, Washington, cooler regions of California, and the Finger Lakes region of New York.

In the Glass

Riesling typically produces wine with relatively low alcohol, high acidity, steely minerality and stone fruit, spice, citrus and floral notes. At its ripest, it leans towards juicy peach, nectarine and pineapple, while cooler climes produce Rieslings more redolent of meyer lemon, lime and green apple. With age, Riesling can become truly revelatory, developing unique, complex aromatics, often with a hint of petrol.

Perfect Pairings

Riesling is quite versatile, enjoying the company of sweet-fleshed fish like sole, most Asian food, especially Thai and Vietnamese (bottlings with some residual sugar and low alcohol are the perfect companions for dishes with substantial spice) and freshly shucked oysters. Sweeter styles work well with fruit-based desserts.

Sommelier Secret

It can be difficult to discern the level of sweetness in a Riesling, and German labeling laws do not make things any easier. Look for the world “trocken” to indicate a dry wine, or “halbtrocken” or “feinherb” for off-dry. Some producers will include a helpful sweetness scale on the back label—happily, a growing trend.

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