Grosset Alea Riesling 2014

Alea_2014While it’s tricky to assert that the 2014 Grosset Alea has come of age in just three short vintages, a case could be made to justify such a claim. While having the advantage of the excellent harvest, this is a very smart, balanced riesling. It shows restraint and delicacy on the nose with some lime blossom notes, has silky texture that is initially soft, yet is tight and gently grippy in the mid-palate. There are positive lemon curd and lime zest flavours, a tight structure and lively softish cleansing acidity that is dry and zingy.

General Cellaring Guide: First vintage 2012 so as yet unknown, however probably 15 years

Release Date: 1 September 2014

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WBM Trade ‘100 of the Best’, Tyson Stelzer March 2015

Delightful purity of kaffir lime, granny smith apple and layers of mixed spice with impeccably gauged sweetness to provide body and flow without appearing sweet, perfectly balancing well-focused acidity. It’s persistent, impeccable and alluring. 94 Points.

Sarah Ahmed ‘The Wine Detective’ March 2015

While it reveals a lick of honey to its juicy, tangy greengage and mirabelle fruit, it has consummate balance – a hint of tartness – and finishes clean (so dryish) and chalky (textural and mineral), as well it might given that the vineyard is located next to the Springvale vineyard…

WBM Trade ‘100 of the Best’, Mike Bennie December 2014 / January 2015

Grosset Clare Valley Alea riesling 2014 – An off-dry style that’s come leaps and bounds since first release. The balance is better yet in 2014 with lemony tang of acidity ably matched to the more slurpy, sweeter fruit characters. Finishes tight and tingly, perfect as a foil to refresh the palate and advance again. 93 points.