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2010 Grosset Off-dry Riesling

John Wilson

The Irish Times Saturday 7 May 2011

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…This year Grosset has released the Off-dry Riesling, a single-vineyard wine. It has a fresh, floral nose leading on to a fine citrus palate, softened nicely by a light sweet touch and an excellent long mineral finish. Try it with herby Asian fish and chicken dishes.

Tony Love

The Advertiser, Adelaide Wednesday April 27 2011

Pretty, floral, pure riesling with a compelling presence, lemon juice minerality with a pinpoint of apparent sweetness to lift the wines but not separate it. Pure, long-finishing, granny smith apple-like pleasure.

Sarah Ahmed

www.thewinedetective.co.uk/blog  1 April 2011

2010 is the third year that Jeffrey Grosset has made an off-dry Riesling, but the first time that he’s been happy enough with the result to bottle and release it under the Grosset label. It’s a single site Riesling from the gentle north-facing slopes of the estate’s second vineyard at Watervale. As I said last September, this pitch perfect, precise wine has Grosset written all over it. Several months on its honey-tinged super-juicy, tangy yellow plum and greengage fruit has a more pronounced slatey minerality. Very, very drinkable, so buy the Off-Dry for now, stagger the dry Rieslings over the next 3-5 years and, if you have the patience, tuck the Springvale or Polish Hill away for a decade or two or three….11.5% ( with 16g/l residual sugar & 9.2 g/l of total acidity). 

Huon Hooke

Gourmet Traveller Wine Feb/March 2011

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A new wine from Jeff Grosset, and typically, it’s more subtle than everyone else’s off-dry riesling! Lots of lime and green-herb aromas, tangy in the mouth with a touch of sweetness, counter-balanced by brisk acidity.

 

Ralph Kyte Powell

The Age Epicure, Tuesday January 11 2011

Wine of the Week

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Sweetish Australian rieslings have been rediscovered by our winemakers. It’s worth remembering that some unsung classics of the great days of the old Leo Buring and Orlando rieslings were semi-sweet wines variously labelled “moselle” and “spatlese”. Now, outstanding Clare Valley riesling producer Jeffrey Grosset has joined the fray with his Off-dry. It opens with pristine varietal fruit at the core. Musky floral aromas and assorted citrus scents are present and a hint of sulphur is not a problem. Sweetness acts to emphasise the fruit, rather than as a flavouring agent in itself. It has superb balance of delicate fruity flavours and zippy acidity in the mouth. Delicious.

Ageing? Yes, like some of the slightly week riesling of yesteryear, it should develop well over a decade.

Food ideas Duck and mango salad; fresh raspberries with ricotta.

Peter Forrestal

Qantas Inflight Magazine December 2010

Choice 1

This is a new style of riesling made by Jeffrey Grosset. It took two failed vintages before Grosset got the viticulture right to produce a riesling where 16g of residual sugar is balanced by refreshing vibrant acidity. There is essence of lime and a touch of mid-palate sweetness before taut drying acidity cleanses and refreshes. An Australian classic in the making.

Winsor Dobbin

Golf Magazine December 2010

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For 30 years, Jeffrey Grosset has been crafting some of Australia’s best rieslings from his Clare Valley vines. This is the first time he’s released a sweeter style. It’s made in the German vein with bright fruit and appealing zest. A ripper – and great with spicy dishes.

David Sly

SA Life Magazine December 2010/January 2011

...Clare's master riesling maker Jeff Grosset has taken a different tack with a new alternative riesling style added to his portfolio...The resulting wine is definitely not comparable to the sweet Mosel style. Rather, the mid-palate is fuller and juicier with plush, concentrated lime giving a suggestion of sweetness while maintaining high natural acidity to keep the generous flavours long and persistent.

Jeff Collerson

Daily Telegraph Best Weekend Magazine 27 November 2010

Clare Valley maestro Jeffrey Grosset has been working on creating a Germanic, slightly-sweet riesling for three vintages. This is his first release. Honey, ripe peach and pineapple characters are balanced by thrilling acidity. A treat with crème brulee or fruit.

Nick Stock

The Age The Sydney Morning Herald Good Wine Guide 2011

93 points

Well, it's nice to see this Grosset offering in the growing off-dry movement of Australian riesling, and it's every bit as good as you'd expect of these experienced hands. Smells unmistakably of the Clare Valley, with rich lime and background spice; some more exotic fruits in the mix too. The palate has piercing, crisp green-apple and lime-juice flavour, with a nice sizzling train of gentle sweetness and crisp acid lingering in place neatly. Beautifully struck balance.

Tim White

The Australian Financial Review October 29-31 2010

95/100

Jeffrey Grosset has really pulled off this style. Deep and super pure: there’s crystal-clear citrus, also a little more exotic fruit – a hint of creaminess. It’s super zippy, tangy, tastes of lime and white nectarine, and steely also, with the sweetness carrying everything lightly and gently. Finishes with mouthwatering clarity.

Peter Bourne

The Sydney Magazine 28 October 2010

Jeffrey Grosset's first kabinett-style riesling is a cracker, with aromas of orange blossom and exotic spices, and vibrant flavours of pink grapefruit. Have it with: Thai chicken curry.

Chris Plummer

Australian Wine Journal http://australianwinejournal.blogspot.com 21October 2010

93 points

...Like Grosset's other 2010 rieslings, the acidity really sings a show-stealing song, by directing a long, tangy pineapple-like structure that clings to its sweet-edged riesling fruit with real zip and authority. For a wine labelled as Off-dry, it ends particularly taut and crisp, with ensuing grip applied to a very long finish. Given the credentials of the maker, it shouldn't come as a surprise that this is the best off-dry riesling I've had from either Clare or the Eden Valley. Its smart balance of residual sweetness and acidity provides a great platform for the future of off-dry styles in both regions. Drink to 2020.

Ray Jordon

West Weekend Magazine 9 October 2010

PICK OF THE WEEK 95/100.

This is a new wine from Jeffrey Grosset, made, as the label says, as an off-dry, slightly sweet style. A striking feature is that it has been made to retain a delightful delicacy on the palate. Yes, there is some sweetness but it’s delivered so subtly. The acid is silky fine and the finish very long. And the slaty lemon flavours are preserved superbly. Perfect with spicy Thai noodles with coriander.

Tyson Stelzer

WBM100 October 2010

94 points

This barely off-dry wine has signature precision. Clean and tight, pristine and focused, with a steely acid backbone and rippling minerality that will benefit from time to soften and build complexity. A juxtaposition between Granny Smith, kaffir lime, acidity and subtle sweetness of lemon drops and honey.

Nick Stock

Gourmet Traveller Wine October/November 2010

Delicious Drop

The 2010 vintage marks the 30th release of the distinguished Grosset Springvale and Polish Hill Rieslings. But look out for another gem that has, for the first time, been added to the fold, the 2010 Grosset Off-dry Riesling, Watervale, a delicious drop

Tyson Stelzer

www.clearaboutwine.com.au    August 2010

94 points

The natural complement of Grosset’s riesling duo, this wine looks the part in this set, as if it were always meant to be here. Perfectly named, it does the wine a disservice to describe it as “sweet” because it’s not. On paper the sweetness is subtle and in taste all the more so because of the levels of acid at play here. Technically, according to the International Riesling Taste Profile, its low pH could place it as either “medium dry” or fully “dry.” In any case, it’s an impeccable juxtaposition between crunchy Granny Smith apples, fresh kaffir lime, adroit acidity and subtle sweetness of lemon drops and honey. It has signature Grosset precision, clean and tight, pristine and focused, with a steely acid backbone and rippling minerality that will benefit from time both to soften and build complexity. This much is certain: when the 2010 Springvale Rieslings have long since lost their caps and the Polish Hills are at the end of their days, the Off-dry will still be humming along in the prime of its life.

 

 

Youthful, fresh, attractive lifted nose. A little residual sugar overrides the acidity finishing somewhat sweet and sour but a good crack at an old-school style.

November 2010

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