Grosset Piccadilly Chardonnay
Since the first release of Grosset Piccadilly in 1993, these wines have made a powerful statement about the potential of the Piccadilly Valley in the Adelaide Hills, a sub-region so cool that it is often considered marginal for table wine. ‘It’s a sub-region that takes time to understand’, says Grosset, ‘and the wines can be exquisite’.
Grosset Piccadilly Chardonnay 2009
590 cases produced
Followers of the Grosset Chardonnay will notice a consistency of style especially between the most recent three vintages of the wine. Jeff sees these as a return to the clearly defined style that he made in the 1990s: finer, lean, tighter and slightly lower in alcohol. Often shy and restrained on release and needing patience and time to reveal themselves, the Piccadilly Chardonnays come into their own by being more ageworthy than most of their peers.
The 2009 Grosset Chardonnay has a youthful exuberance, tangy white peach and nectarine flavours, vibrant, juicy fleshy texture and zingy acidity that cleanses. There’s impressive integration of oak and fruit at a young age, the richness and concentration you’d expect, plenty of weight and a lively raciness that binds it all together. More enticing at a young age than usual, it has complex minerally notes, some slatey characters, and a tight leanness which suggests that it will age well.
The Grosset Piccadilly Chardonnay is hand picked, barrel fermented in French barriques and then left to mature in those barrels for nearly twelve months, followed by a further twelve months in bottle before release.
Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now or cellar 3-5 years.
The 2009 Grosset Piccadilly Chardonnay was released 1 March 2011
James Halliday ‘Australian Wine Companion’ 2012 27 July 2011
Quartz-green; a crisp, incisive and pure bouquet is precisely reflected by the palate, its grapefruit and mineral characters bordering on the austere, like a fine Corton or Chablis. 95 points
Ralph Kyte-Powell ‘The Age’ Epicure Wine + Food Winter 2011 19 July 2011
Jeffrey Grosset’s best-known white wines are his outstanding Clare Valley rieslings, but don’t overlook this superb chardonnay. It has a complex nose that threads white peach, nutty, yeasty and creamy notes together in subtle harmony. In the mouth it’s understated in flavour, but its texture and length give it great interest and elegance. Ageing? Drink over three years…