This is an outstanding Springvale Riesling. Intense citrus aromatics that linger; the palate is taut, even coiled, and powered by intense lemon and lime pith and enticing florals that persist; while the finish is long, zesty, and bone dry. For all its mouth-puckering intensity, there is balance, a touch of restraint, satisfying finesse and an immediacy that appeals.
‘The Springvale vineyard is unique on two fronts: First, its odd shape accurately reflects the red loam-over-limestone profile below. Under this limestone is slate, its existence discovered by us only after the vine roots had reached that far. Second, the mix of riesling clones is rare. The result is a deliciously limey riesling with backbone.’ JG
Ageing Potential: 5-15 years, up to 20 years
Source: Grosset Springvale Vineyard (ACO certified organic)
Fruit Flavours: Lime driven with mineral background
Profile: Dry, finely structured, vibrant and pure
Fining: Nil- suitable for vegans and vegetarians
Release Date: September 1st 2018
(Now also available in magnum)
- Langton’s Classification VII (2018): Rated ‘Excellent’
- Wine Ark (2018): one of Australia’s ‘Five Most Collected White Wines’
Tony Love, The Advertiser’s Great SA Drinks Guide, 4th October 2018
Jeffrey Grosset is considered the master of Clare riesling, with his duo of this and a more electric Polish Hill release, as well as a subtle off-dry style called Alea. Purity of variety is his mantra across all of them, and if you like your “rizza” really expressive, here with perfumed talc characters, musk and finer lime notes and a touch more weight and generosity in the palate at this early stage than the Polish Hill, go for this now. All that chalky, minerally feel remains delicate and finessed in the finish too. Fabulous. 96 Points.