The 2009 vintage will mark the 29th consecutive vintage of Grosset Watervale riesling, referred to in recent years as ‘Springvale’ after the estate owned vineyard. With its listing as one of the ‘Top 5 Most Collected Australian White Wines’ by Wine Ark plus the reaffirmation of its ‘Excellent’ rating by Langtons, both in August this year, Grosset Springvale appears to have finally arrived. One thing the 2009 vintage shows in particular is that it continues to resemble the Polish Hill more than ever before, certainly in terms of quality and finesse. The 2009 vintage appears to have outstanding potential. Certainly, Grosset is grinning quietly.
The 2009 Grosset Springvale is quite closed and restrained at present, has pure intense lemon juice and lime flavours with slatey, minerally notes, is powerful, tight and steely with taut, dry, mouth-puckering acidity that lingers. It is fine and succulent with a zesty persistence that takes the wine deep and long.
Sarah Ahmed www.thewinedetective.co.uk ‘The Wine Detective’ Wines of the Month (UK) 1 February 2010
In 2008, Grosset’s tightly coiled Polish Hill Riesling from “hard rock” slate soils won me over hook line and sinker but, this year, it’s the pretty but precise Springvale from Watervale’s limestone and rich red soils that wins my heart. Lifted, floral and shimmering with bright, jewel-like citrus fruit, it’s clear as a bell, with lovely lemony line and length. A beauty.
James Halliday ‘The Weekend Australian Magazine’ James Halliday’s Top 100 14-15 November 2009
Jeffrey Grosset is known around the globe as a past master when it comes to riesling. That this is the 29th vintage comes as no surprise. Fragrant lime, herb and spice aromas lead into an incisive and tightly focused palate, with delicious lime and green apple fruit coursing through to the finish. 96 points