Huon Hooke, SMH, Good Food ‘Wine Guide’ October 13 2015
This is a colourless, gently floral spirit with a high-alcohol aroma and flavour, and undoubted riesling character. The mixologists will love it. (45 percent alcohol; screw cap.)
Ageing? Not required, but it will live indefinitely.
Food idea It could be sipped as a digestif, perhaps with water, tonic or other mixers.
Prominent drinks writer Matthew Jukes (UK) (private comm. June 2015)
‘…one of the most enchanting and silky of all digestifs. The aromatics are beguiling, the palate is gossamer-smooth and there is much to admire here. …I poured it, slightly chilled, for 15 Michelin stars worth of sommeliers in London and the room fell silent. High and silent praise!’
Max Allen ‘The Australian’ February 7-8 2015
The latest – utterly delicious – Australian spirit to pass my lips is Grosset45. It was made by Clare Valley winemaker Jeff Grosset, famous for his Polish Hill and Springvale rieslings, and is a pure, fragrant, very fine, slightly opalescent eau-de-vie-like spirit distilled from – you guessed it – riesling.
…The trick, Grosset realised, was to start with the best wine possible, and to ensure it had no sulphur dioxide preservative added to it, as the sulphur results in course flavours. “It’s like cooking when you think about it’” he says. “The better quality of the raw ingredients, the better the outcome at the end of the process.”
See the full article at the following link – http://www.theaustralian.com.au/executive-living/food-drink/winemaker-jeff-grosset-embraces-spirit-of-innovation-with-grosset-45/story-fn845mx8-1227209653189