Bright, clear crimson-purple; a perfumed bouquet with red fruits of the forest, and an exquisitely framed palate, wild strawberry and raspberry in a silken web, oak and tannins little more than a shadow; 400 dozen made
- Country: Australia
- Wine Region: South Australia
- Wine Area: Clare Valley
- Wine Maker: Jeffrey Grosset
- Grape: Pinot Noir
- Grape Percentage: 100%
- Alcohol Percentage: 14%
- Unit Quantity (ml): 750
- Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
The 2009 Grosset Pinot Noir is delightfully fragrant with raspberry, bramble and mulberry aromas, which follow through on the palate with some black cherry flavours and complexing gamey notes. There’s a soft fleshiness, velvety texture, weight in the mid-palate, lifted sweet oak and a supple, gentle finish that lingers. It is enticing, almost ethereal, perhaps having a bigger volume of fruit than the 2008, certainly varietal, and thoroughly enjoyable now.
Jeffrey Grosset has been making some of Australia’s best Riesling for the last 30 years. He established his winery in 1981 in the historic township of Auburn, Clare Valley, 100 kilometres north of Adelaide and the 2010 release is his 30th vintage. The winery is stylish and functional and reflects the attention to detail that extends to the Grosset estate-owned vineyards and winemaking. He hand picks and is meticulous not only in his selection but also in the way he treats the grapes once they.. read more
Grosset pinot noir is a wine that rarely lacks power. It’s fairly small make – about 400 dozen. This release is a powerful wine with a silken texture, which makes it promising (or at least enjoyable) from the start. It tastes of dark cherries and autumn leaves, oak-spice and cranberries – it’s like a tug-of-war between sweet ripeness and more savoury, herbal, undergrowthy elements. It has good length and lovely balance – though its slinky/soft texture is arguably the highlight of the wine. I’m not sure how long or how much it has up its sleeve, but I reckon it’ll be drinking pretty spiffily in two or three or four years from now.
Deeply flavoured and varietal, with a dusty, spicy and floral bouquet of dark plums, cherries, rhubarb and cranberries knit with fresh cedar/vanilla oak and lifted by scents of red and blue flowers. Underpinned by pliant, dusty tannins, it's smooth and juicy, with charming earthy complexity, depth of fruit and genuine elegance, finishing with soft acids and a lingering firmness of structure.
Perfume and structure, sensitivity and backbone, enigmatic, articulate, fragile, daredevil. Does pinot noir tell us more about Jeffrey Grosset than riesling ever could? The new vintage speaks in hushed tones but it has much to reveal. Drink 2011-2019.
The grapes were hand picked, then crushed and de-stemmed. 30-40% were whole punch fermented. Temperature controlled fermentation lasted over 7-8 days and finished in French oak barriques. The wine was aged for 12 months in oak, of which 40-45% was new. Wine was bottled without fining and aged for further one year before release.