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Alea Off Dry Riesling
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Grosset - Alea Off Dry Riesling 2020

Australia
White wine from South Australia · Australia
£24.95 £21.21
Case Rate: £21.21
Ex Tax: £17.67
Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Clare Valley
Winery: Grosset
Wine Maker: Jeffrey Grosset
Grape: Riesling
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021
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Rating 91 pts  Wine Advocate/Robert Parker
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Country:
Wine Region: South Australia
Wine Area: Clare Valley
Winery: Grosset
Wine Maker: Jeffrey Grosset
Grape: Riesling
Grape Percentage: 100%
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
Unit Quantity (ml): 750
Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2021

Wine tasting notes

The Alea Riesling comes from a narrow corridor of hard red rock with poor, orangey, red loam topsoil adjacent to ‘Springvale’. As the early fruit from the vineyard reminded Jeff of the great German rieslings that were not fully dry, he decided to take a very different approach to the creation of Alea. With moderate baumes, high acidity and low pH, the aim was to make a wine with a generous palate balanced by zippy natural acidity on the finish. The 2013 Grosset Alea Riesling is delightfully floral with white flowers and a whisper of lemon blossom and fresh garden herbs. There are lime juice flavours, a hint of lemon and a beautifully balanced long generous palate that leads to a gentle grip and zingy dry finish. “The Alea has come of age” says Jeff. “This vintage is a fraction drier than previous releases and is wonderfully complex while remaining delicate and perfectly balanced. We put this down to equal measures of vineyard maturity and experience.”

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 91 pts

The 2015 Alea Riesling has aromas of honeyed pears and fresh apples with white peach and allspice hints. Off-dry and light-bodied with a wonderfully crisp backbone to counter, it finishes with loads of youthful citrus and spice layers.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016) - 91 pts

Light bright yellow. Ripe pear and peach aromas show very good clarity, and a zesty note of orange peel lends vibrant lift. Fleshy and seamless in texture, offering sappy orchard and citrus fruit flavors plus a suggestion of fresh fig. Finishes juicy and smooth, with a suave floral note coming in late. This wine would be a great companion to a spicy Asian shellfish or crustacean dish.


JancisRobinson.com (2015) - 16.5 pts

Open nose and just off dry. Not quite as compelling as the two dry bottlings. But could be good with certain (spicy?) foods. 


Wine Spectator (2016) - 92 pts

Elegantly framed, with lime blossom, apple and lemon meringue flavors that are powerful and focused, bursting on the mouthwatering finish and lingering effortlessly. 


James Suckling (2016) - 94 pts

The lime, peach and nectarine fruit here really takes front stage. Succulently presented on the palate. A really pure and powerful acid-fueled finish. 


James Halliday (2016) - 94 pts

Only just off-dry. Delicious - how could it not be - now, but will be a giant slayer with 5-10 years in bottle.


Wine Front (2016) - 94 pts

The 2015 release raised the bar for Grosset Alea Riesling and this 2016 matches it, at the very least. It’s stellar. It brings orange blossom to the table of lime and lemon, and builds a bolt of intense flavour to both the mid palate and to the finish. It’s a ‘you won’t be disappointed’ wine.


Jeremy Oliver (2013) - 95 pts

Star bright, very clear in colour. Tropical core of fruit, laced with peaches and white nectarine all given lightness by elegant green and white florals. All is echoed on palate with moderate sweetness tempering trademark elevated acidity to give a gentle padding. Well handled astringency extending these flavours though a persistent finish.


Tyson Stelzer (2012) - 95 pts

I cannot recall any set of Australian aromatic wines as consistently breathtaking as Jeffrey Grosset’s 2012 releases. His off-dry riesling, named Alea for the first time, showcases fruit captured at the most exacting point in its ripeness to deliver the glories of pristine kaffir lime, crunchy granny smith apple and pure lemon zest. Such is the assuredness of structure and acidity here that sugar becomes a minor player in the ultimate impression, carrying succulence and balance rather than any overt sense of sweetness, persevering long into the finish, with slate-like structure and enduring fruit presence. Drink: 2012-2014 or 2017-2027.


Huon Hooke (2012) - 97 pts

Bright, light yellow colour. Intense and charming aromas of spring flowers and green herbs, even a hint of jasmine. The palate is fruity and delicious, round and soft with lovely balance between fruit, acidity and sweetness – of which there is just a mere smidgin, which is most apparent on the entry to the palate. Clean finish. Drink 2012-2022.

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