`Springvale` Clare Valley Riesling

Clare Valley

Grosset

Jeffrey Grosset established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn,...

Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. Jeff is best known for his iconic Rieslings - Polish Hill and Springvale - and he has almost single-handedly been responsible for the renaissance of Clare Valley Riesling. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

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Vineyards

The six hectare Springvale vineyard (ACO certified organic) is situated at Watervale’s highest elevation (465 metres) on a gradual, mainly north-facing slope where the soil is thin red loams interspersed with shale over limestone. This highly sustaining profile insulates the drought sensitive riesling vines, which produce lime-green medium-sized berries.

Vintage Information

2017 is Grosset's third consecutive outstanding vintage. This makes 2017, 2016 and 2015 the best run of seasons they have ever experienced. 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.

Vinification

The organic grapes were hand harvested and delivered promptly to the winery in small parcels, where they were crushed and destemmed. The fruit was then gently pressed and settled in tank for five days at 0°C. The free run juice was inoculated with neutral Champagne yeasts to preserve the natural expression of the vineyard in the final wine. A strong fermentation was carried out at low temperature in stainless steel tanks for clean, pristine varietal characters. Blending of the wine occured over a number of weeks before bottling in July 2017.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 'Springvale' is more intensely primal than in most vintages. While not as exhuberant as the 'Polish Hill', 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 and dry.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2017
Grape varieties 100% Riesling
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Jeff Grosset
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 7.2g/l
Residual Sugar 2.1g/l
Wine pH 3.11