‘2017 is our third consecutive outstanding vintage and makes 2017, 2016 and 2015 the best run of seasons we have ever experienced. These latest release wines are beautiful expressions of variety, season and site.
The 2017 vintage was a full month later than the previous two. It was almost European in character with much higher rainfall during the growing season. Whether the ability of each of our sites to produce such outstanding and consistent quality wine is due to our focus on the geology when choosing the land to plant, the relatively rare mix of vine clones planted, or the organic principles applied, we may never know. We can say that the combination of these has had a profound impact. This is especially true for our three rieslings; each being from a unique vineyard site.
The resilience of our vines and their ability to consistently produce superior quality wine in a world where climatic conditions are changing is nothing short of a marvel.’ Jeffrey Grosset
Vibrant, flavoursome and unblemished fruit from the healthy vines made a promising start to what turned out to be the most exciting vintage in a decade.
A warmer than average December was followed by normal temperatures but a drier January. A cooler start to February with some much-needed rain proceeded a string of warm, sunny blue skied days and cool nights.
By February 9th, vintage at Grosset was in full swing. Over the next nine days, a team of 48 pickers carefully hand-harvested riesling each day, except for one half day when the focus shifted briefly to semillon. Fiano and cabernet from the Clare Valley, chardonnay and pinot noir from the Adelaide Hills, plus some experimental batches of fruit, were all scheduled for harvest before the end of the month.
‘February seems to be the new normal for our vintage; most likely due to two main influences’ said Jeff. ‘The first is our strict adherence to organic principles and equally stringent focus on sustainability (resulting in lower crops and healthier vines). The other is the changes in the seasons. Our approach is working well for us.’