Grosset Springvale Riesling 2016 ~ Clare Valley, South Australia (Certified Organic, Vegan)
Langton Classification VI: Rated ‘Outstanding’
Wine Ark: one of Australia’s ‘Five Most Collected White Wines’
James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion "As good as any Grosset Springvale Riesling of the past decade, with beautifully balanced and very expressive lime juice fruit and crystalline acidity flowing through the gloriously long palate. Drink now or soonish if you value freshness, in 5-10 years in you value complexity."
Huon Hooke "The bouquet is chalky, savoury and flowery, very clean and overt, pristine and overt. The palate has more weight than the Polish Hill, and more power. It’s a wine of great clarity and purity, and the most impressive riesling on the day."
Winsor Dobbin "…This is simply stunning- …It ticks all the boxes for world-class Clare riesling with citrus blossom aromas, delightful minerality and structure, length and a crisp acid finish. Chalky, slatey, lemony, or plain delicious. You try and choose just one descriptor. Brilliant."
Mike Bennie, Winefront "It is a riesling you want to drink a lot of right now, but you know you’ve got a winner in the cellar anyway… Lovely stuff."
Tony Love, The Source SA "The king of Clare’s rieslings have become benchmarks, both domestically and internationally… (Springvale) has often played bridesmaid to a Polish Hill sibling but here there might just be a dead-heat, everything about this in its florals, cut lime fruits, tingling acidity and minerally textures fusing seamlessly. It’s endlessly pleasurable but do try the Polish Hill as well. 5 Stars. Value: Elite"
Clare Valley winemaker Grosset is best known for its range of wines made from the Riesling grape. Jeffrey Grosset has been described by James Halliday as "Australia's foremost riesling maker" and by Jancis Robinson as "Australia's acknowledged king of Riesling".
Jeffrey Grosset was the leader of an eventually successful movement in the 1980s to only allow the use of the word Riesling on Australian wines that were made specifically from the Riesling grape. Until that point a significant number of Australian wines with Riesling on their label were made from other grapes, including Hunter Riesling and Shepherds Riesling (both Semillon), Clare Riesling (Crouchen) and "Riesling" as a generic term for white wine, often in the form of very cheap Cask wine made from Sultana or Pedro Ximénez.
He was also a driving force behind a decision in 2000 by Clare Valley Riesling producers to switch over to Screw cap closures for their wines and to then promote the use of screwcaps across the Australian and New Zealand wine industries.
Grossest Springvale covers just 6 hectares. Planted to exactly mirror the limestone below, the aim was to produce a ‘typical’ Watervale riesling. However, as the vines matured and the roots hit Mintaro slate buried deep below the limestone, recent vintages have expressed a unique site-specific, more mineral profile.
Clare Valley is the northernmost wine region within the Mount Lofty Ranges zone of South Australia, located 81 miles (130km) north of the state capital, Adelaide. It is one of the most picturesque wine regions of Australia, with a tradition in winemaking going back to the early 19th century when the first vines were planted.
Riesling reigns supreme in Clare Valley. The drier styles are recognized as some of the best in the world.