This single site riesling is sourced from the six hectare estate vineyard off Springvale Road at one of Watervale’s highest elevations (460 metres above sea level). It is situated on a gentle mainly north-facing slope where the vines thrive in red loamy soil over limestone. The Grosset Riesling from Watervale continues to surprise in blind tastings by moving closer in quality terms to its Polish Hill sibling. In 2012, although both show tightness and minerality there’s a (relative) plumpness to the Springvale and a slightly softer, more seductive texture that suggests many will prefer it in its youth to the slightly more austere Polish Hill.
Grosset Springvale Riesling 2012
The 2012 Grosset Springvale Riesling is a wonderful balancing act placing restrained and savoury minerally slatey characters in a juxtaposition with intense, pristine flavours of lemon zest and lime juice; delicate white flower and talc aromatics contrast with tightness of structure, full-throttle power, and dry zingy acidity. At this stage, it appears the tightest and most ageworthy of the Springvale Rieslings.
General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar five to twelve years.
Release Date: 1 September 2012
Sarah Ahmed www.thewinedetective.co.uk 23 November 2012
Tight but distinctly Watervale in its kaffir lime lift and zing of lime juice, both of which follow through on the juiciest, most mouthwatering palate in an arc of flavour… A complexing textural note, which makes for a very long, rolling finish. …this has the tension, flex and release of a springboard.