Grosset ‘Springvale’ Watervale Riesling 2003
The rise and rise of the Grosset Watervale Riesling continues with yet another excellent vintage. The 2003 Watervale Riesling has attractive lime and lemon aromas, is fresh, clean and compact with intense lime juice flavours and some mineral notes, a tight structure, and a powerful, bracing zesty acidity. Like the Polish Hill it is more approachable than the previous vintage but is still a wine that deserves to be cellared. It is multi-layered with impressive concentration, depth and length of flavour. A cracker.
Greg Duncan Powell ‘Vogue Entertaining & Travel’ (Australia) April/May 2004
This riesling shows how clever winemaking, good fruit and love can make a heavenly riesling. It is fine, long and lingering, gentle and subtle without being soft. It sets the bar way too high for most.
Huon Hooke/Ralph Kyte-Powell ‘The Age’ Uncorked March-April 2004
Any shortlist of Australia’s best rieslings has to include Jeffrey Grosset’s superb Clare Valley offerings. With this one you’ll enjoy pristine, succulent riesling with lime, nectarine and passionfruit aromas, a light steely touch, and a dry palate of concentrated fruit, counterpointed by a steely backbone. Food – sashimi. Ageing – Yes up to 10 years.
Joshua Greene ‘Wine & Spirits Magazine’ (USA) January/February 2004
Riper and more open than Polish Hill, Grosset’s Watervale offers a wild ride on comfortable shocks. There’s a potent blast of lime and apricot right in the middle, richly textured and lasting. The presentation is clean and structured while the feeling is soft, ready for veal schnitzel or choucroute.
Harvey Steiman ‘Wine Spectator Weekly’ (USA) January 2004
2003 Grosset Watervale Riesling. Another outstanding bottling from Australia’s best Riesling winery. Light and dry with almond and mineral notes prominent and some nice grapefruit and apple flavors as well. The stony flavors linger impressively. 90 points
Ralph Kyte-Powell ‘The Age’ 7 October 2003
Are Jeffrey Grosset’s wines Australia’s best rieslings? Could be. They are Clare Valley classics, relatively expensive but outstanding. The Watervale 2003 has lime, nectarine and passionfruit aromas with a steely touch. The spicy, minerally palate is pure, succulent and fresh, concentrated yet still undeveloped. Ageing? Yes, two to 10 years. Food ideas: Thai squid salad; sushi and sashimi. $$
Jeremy Oliver www.onwine.com.au September 2003
Typically perfumed, fragrant aromas of ripe guava, mango and citrus fruits with a whiff of stonefruit and lemon zest. Tangy, long and austere, with a rich, juicy palate bursting with vibrant fruit. Underneath lies a slightly phenolic backbone, while racy acids tie it neatly together. Drink 2008-2011+. 18.9/20 points