2007 marked the third vintage of our Watervale Riesling in which the fruit was exclusively from the Springvale Vineyard. Located in the north-eastern corner of the Clare Valley’s Watervale sub-region and at its highest point, the Grosset Springvale Vineyard has a thin crust of topsoil over a soft limestone base. It is the classic red loam over limestone “soft rock” profile for which the Watervale sub-region has become famous. It is therefore no surprise that the Springvale quality Vineyard has proven to be a site for producing fruit of outstanding and with an abundance of flavour and the name change celebrates and acknowledges this fact. Springvale may eventually rival the now famous Grosset Polish Hill Vineyard.
It is delicately fragrant with a touch of talc, intensely limey with some lemony notes and immaculate purity of fruit, juicy and succulent yet tightly structured, weighty, before a long, zesty dry finish. To many, it will be much more immediately appealing than the ‘Polish Hill’ and enjoyed young for its refreshing, cleansing tanginess and mouth-watering varietal concentration. The combination of quality of an outstanding site and Grosset’s uncompromising approach to viticulture and winemaking, assures that it will also age gracefully.
Judging Panel ‘The Advertiser Magazine’ Australia’s Top 100 Wines November 2007
Another of Jeffrey Grosset’s Clare marvels that has the same strength of conviction as the Polish Hill though with heady floral notes to start yet an attractive delicacy on the palate that shows an excellent acidity, flavour and textural combination and an exciting build in the mouth. 91 points
Ken Gargett ‘Brisbane Courier Mail’ QWeekend 27 October 2007
Compelling evidence of why Grosset is considered the king of Aussie riesling. Like a fresh spring morning in a lime orchard, with superb balance and length. 94 points
Winsor Dobbin ‘Sydney Sun Herald’ Splurge 23 September 2007
Jeffrey Grosset’s Polish Hill Riesling is arguably Australia’s best, and most expensive, Riesling. This is only a whisker behind, and it’s still great value considering the quality. A benchmark Riesling from the master of the variety, it’s intensely citrusy with a long, dry finish. Great with stir-fried crab or Japanese food but be quick as both Grosset rieslings sell out fast.