Grosset Pinot Noir 2004
The 2004 Grosset Pinot is vibrant, fine, tightly structured, has silky texture and great length. It will develop in the short term and may be cellared for up to five years, if you can resist the temptation to drink it sooner.
As in previous years, 40 percent was whole-bunched fermented and immediately after pressing was run into barrels (60 percent new barriques) and matured for twelve months.
Acknowledged as the original varieties of Burgundy, pinot noir and chardonnay seem to have found a new and exciting home in the Adelaide Hills. While various producers have built their reputation on one or other of these varieties, none has equalled the success Grosset has enjoyed with this pair of noble varieties grown in the Adelaide Hills. Ralph Kyte-Powell writing in The Age in June 2004 said that “Jeff Grosset’s meticulous winemaking isn’t confined to riesling”. Nor, for that matter, to the Clare Valley, and given that the re-planting of vineyards in the Adelaide Hills has only occurred since the early 1980’s, their full potential is only just emerging.
Ralph Kyte-Powell & Huon Hooke ‘The Penguin Good Australian WINE GUIDE’ 2007
This is a very impressive pinot. Good depth of colour; lovely bouquet of black cherry, backed up by classy oak. It’s nicely concentrated with lots of flesh, fruit-sweetness and extract. The tannins are supple and almost chewy. A pinot of real power and density, the flavour persisting in the mouth for a long time after swallowing. Absolutely yummy!
Quality: 5 glasses. 96 points
Jeremy Oliver www.onwine.com.au
A pristine, perfumed and precisely flavoured pinot noir whose delicate rose petal perfume of raspberries, strawberries and lightly toasty vanilla oak reveals nuances of confectionary and bacon. Despite its finesse and silkiness, it’s deeply fruited and surprisingly astringent; likely to build more depth of flavour and firmness of structure with time in the bottle. It finishes long, with undertones of earthiness. 91 Points