Langton Classification VI: Rated ‘Outstanding’
Wine Ark: one of Australia’s ‘Five Most Collected White Wines’
Winery notes (2017 Vintage)
"The ‘Springvale’ also surprises, being more intensely primal than it is in most vintages. It entices with lime and lemon blossom aromas. There’s layer after layer of mouth-puckering lime juice flavours, tight structure, spine-tingling acidity and shaley minerally notes that linger. It’s an outstanding ‘Springvale’, fine, intense, pure, minerally and dry.
‘The Springvale vineyard was planted seventeen years ago. It 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.’
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."
Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective (UK), January 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"Vine age (and specifically, the vines’ roots intercepting slate bedrock) together with a shift to organic cultivation (certified) has imbued Grosset’s Watervale Riesling with greater gravitas – a Polish Hill-like pronounced minerality, firmness and focus. … Muscular, chalky/mineral-sluiced grapefruit and lime has impressive palate presence and length."
John Fordham, The Sunday Telegraph, December 2017 (2017 Vintage)
"Third successive knockout Clare Valley vintage for Australia’s most underrated variety. Riesling supremo Jeffrey Grosset has excelled once again with this spectacular release showcasing the grape’s finest attributes, headed by classic citrus flavours that linger for an eternity."
5 Stars & 96/100 Toni Paterson, The Real Review, October 2017 (2017 Vintage)
"Exquisite, pure citrus aromas. The palate is wildly intense with perfectly integrated acidity and palate softness. There is a pleasing tang at the front, followed by a focused, gently textural, sweet-lemon middle. The mineral core running through the wine is simply captivating. Magic."
94/100 Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, August 2017 (2017 Vintage)
"This 2017 release (and the Polish Hill) may be a little unrecognisable to stalwarts of the wines – I like the departure. The wines are more approachable, relaxed in the palate, still bustling with hallmark acidity, but delicate, in a way.
“A European harvest” quips Jeffrey Grosset. He’s insinuating that it rained a bit leading up to the vintage. Romantic. Certainly shows in acid profile, but without condescension. I loved the wines for drinking early.
Quite a delicate expression but not without drive, energy and velocity. It’s pretty in floral notes, lime-lime blossom scents, a touch of flinty mineral character. Quite succulent, just a kiss of flinty-chalkiness to texture, bristling with tangy acidity, long, fine, and elegant feeling. A little out of step for typical Springvale, but delightful in its way. Crackling mineral character throughout. Crystalline, classy riesling."
17.5/20 JancisRobinson.com, April 2018 (2017 Vintage)
"If I were tasting this on its own, I might find it more stony and mineral than I do tasting it next to the Polish Hill. By comparison, the Springvale is definitely more fruity, with a clear-as-a-bell citrus aroma – both lemon and mandarin – and the same flavours on the palate. The freshness is breath-taking but balanced, the finish bone dry and long and the aftertaste combines fruit and a mineral/stony quality. Still a complete baby but delicious even so."