Grosset 'Springvale' Clare Valley Riesling 2022
For almost four decades, the Grosset ‘Springvale’ Riesling has shown a consistency of style and quality that has made this one of Australia’s greatest wineries. The six hectare Springvale vineyard (ACO certified organic) is situated at Watervale’s highest elevation (460 metres) on a gradual, mainly north-facing slope where thin red loams are interspersed with shale over limestone. This highly soft rock site insulates the drought-sensitive Riesling vines, which produce compact lime-green, moderate sized berries and bunches averaging 150 grams. 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 the free run juice was inoculated with neutral yeasts to preserve the natural expression of the vineyard in the final wine. Fermentation lasted two weeks and took place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks in separate batches according to clone and vine age before blending and bottling. The Springvale Riesling has lemongrass and lime aromas, with a touch of floral lily notes and spring herbs. On the palate, the wine is bright, intense and powerful, with a tight structure and generous flavour profile of green apple, layers of citrus and touch of white pepper and a very long finish. A delicious Riesling when young, but also with great ageing potential.