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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 Rieslings which have shown a consistency of style and quality, making this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. By combining a disciplined approach and decades of experience, Grosset consistently achieves the purest expression of variety and place.

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Vineyards

Planted at 570 metres, at the highest point of the Clare Valley, the vineyard is an elongated triangular wedge of emerald green that sits above the rolling golden cornfields of the Clare Valley.

Vintage Information

This vintage produced some outstanding quality fruit which offered great potential, provided harvesting occurred at the precise moment the grapes were ready. The Grosset winery was redesigned four years ago to deal with the most extreme seasons when harvesting must occur very quickly. Such were the conditions in 2008 when, due to extreme weather on the horizon, there was a small window of time in which fruit needed to be harvested.

Vinification

The grapes were hand picked, crushed and de-stemmed, then fermented for 7-8 days in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Gentle plunging of the cap took place to aid extraction of colour and tannin. The wine then passed into French oak barriques (50% new oak) and aged for 18 months. It was bottled without fining or filtering and aged for a further year in bottle before release.

Tasting Notes

Austerity, structure and densely packed fruit are hallmarks of the red blend produced from this site. Broodingly fragrant, it has briary, brambley flavours that are powerful, concentrated and opulent. There's a fleshy smoothness to the mid-palate and substantial, yet fine, tannins on a finish of considerable power.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 75% Cabernet Sauvignon
20% Cabernet Franc
5% Merlot
Region Clare Valley, South Australia
Winemaker Jeff Grosset
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 6.9g/l
Residual Sugar 0.8g/l
Wine pH 3.34