Grosset Springvale Vineyard

Grosset Springvale is a six hectare vineyard and part of a much larger property at Watervale in the Clare Valley. Grosset Springvale Riesling is produced entirely from Springvale Vineyard.

A¬†truly unique viticultural site due to its geology, relative isolation and high altitude, it was purchased by Grosset in 1999 and planted in 2000.¬†The thin topsoil is made up of red loam over limestone, and, atypical for this sub-region, the vines are deeply rooted in slate bedrock. There is a north-south fault line on the eastern border, limiting the vineyard’s expansion. This formation dates back many hundred million years. Vineyard rows are oriented to optimise sunshine.

Springvale is an A-Grade Certified Organic and Biodynamic (ACO) vineyard. The soil is not worked.

The relatively close-planted vines (2,500/hectare) are hand-tended. Planted entirely to three clones of riesling (one widely planted German, one rare German and one of local origin), the sturdy and resilient vines produce compact yellow-green bunches of moderate sized berries. Hand-harvested, each vine produces an average of two-and-a-half bottles of wine.

The balance of the property is being progressively returned to native vegetation. Greater species diversity facilitates natural pest and disease management.

Grosset Springvale Riesling