The six hectare Springvale vineyard is situated at Watervale’s highest elevation (460 metres) on a gradual mainly north-facing slope where the soil is red loam over limestone and slate. This highly sustaining profile insulates the drought sensitive riesling vines, which produce lime-green medium-sized berries.
The 2013 Grosset Springvale Riesling shows some lime zest and lime blossom aromatics but there’s more restraint than usual, almost a shyness. The palate has intense lime juice flavour, a hint of lemon and more pronounced savoury minerality, schisty, shaley character than previous years. It’s tight, yet finely structured, with a taut, crisp, chalky minerality adding length to the ultra-dry finish. While this may be difficult to confirm, these intriguing qualities could be a reflection of the vines maturing, and the roots reaching the shale and slate below the limestone. This is an increasingly complex and serious riesling.
General Cellaring Guide: Enjoy now, or cellar five to twelve years.
Date of Release: 1 September 2013
James Halliday ‘Australian Wine Companion’ 2015
Made by a master of attention to detail from immaculately tended vines in an excellent vintage. Light straw-green; it doesn’t have the sheer elegance of the Polish Hill, but has exceptional power, intensity and length. 12.7%. Drink to 2030. 96 points
Jeremy Oliver WineGenius.com October 2013
Though the 2012 vintage was touted as one of Grosset’s best, it looks as though 2013 will be equally impressive. More textural than recent Springvales with white flowers, lime concentrate and wet slate. Seriously powerful, but never oppressive, chalky, zesty and finely balanced. Drink 2013-2021. 95 points