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Springvale 'Watervale' Clare Valley Riesling
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Grosset - Springvale 'Watervale' Clare Valley Riesling 2019

Australia
White wine from South Australia · Australia
£25.95 £22.06
Case Rate: £22.06
Ex Tax: £18.38
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 - 2025
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Rating 92+ 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 - 2025

Wine tasting notes

The six hectare Springvale vineyard is situated at Watervale’s highest elevation (460 metres) on a gradual mainly north-facing slope where the soil is red loam over limestone and slate. This highly sustaining profile insulates the drought sensitive riesling vines, which produce lime-green medium-sized berries. The 2013 Grosset Springvale Riesling shows some lime zest and lime blossom aromatics but there’s more restraint than usual, almost a shyness. The palate has intense lime juice flavour, a hint of lemon and more pronounced savoury minerality, schisty, shaley character than previous years. It’s tight, yet finely structured, with a taut, crisp, chalky minerality adding length to the ultra-dry finish. While this may be difficult to confirm, these intriguing qualities could be a reflection of the vines maturing, and the roots reaching the shale and slate below the limestone. This is an increasingly complex and serious riesling.

Expert reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2015) - 92+ pts

The 2015 Springvale Riesling is youthfully reticent with lovely floral notes of peach blossoms and jasmine over a core of green apples, crushed stones and lemon juice. Light-bodied, dry, crisp and pristine on the palate, it offers vibrant citrus flavors and a long finish.


Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2016) - 92 pts

Pale, green-tinged yellow. Vibrant, mineral-inflected citrus and orchard fruit scents are complemented by deeper melon and peach nuances. Vibrant and precise on the palate, offering sappy Meyer lemon, lime zest, quinine and honeysuckle flavors and a bracingly bitter suggestion of peach pit. Closes very long and nervy, featuring a resonating mineral note and lingering citrus fruit character.


JancisRobinson.com (2017) - 17.5 pts

Quite a delicate expression but not without drive, energy and velocity. It’s pretty in floral notes, lime-lime blossom scents, a touch of flinty mineral character. Quite succulent, just a kiss of flinty-chalkiness to texture, bristling with tangy acidity, long, fine, and elegant feeling. A little out of step for typical Springvale, but delightful in its way. Crackling mineral character throughout. Crystalline, classy riesling.


Wine Spectator (2017) - 89 pts

Shows a laser beam focus to the lemon, pear and mineral flavors, set on a smooth and juicy frame, with plenty of persistence and accents of white pepper on the finish. 


James Suckling (2016) - 94 pts

A more elegant and finer-boned riesling that has plenty of lime and apple fruit and some brighter tropical nuances too. The palate starts on a crisp apple thread, then lime and hints of pastry. Drink now


Wine Enthusiast (2017) - 91 pts

Editors's Choice - This wine expresses bright yet dainty lime zest, floral and talc characters. The palate is fine and focused, with crisp, bright, citric acidity and a wet stone minerality. Watch this little beauty morph with time. Drink now–2033 at least.


James Halliday (2017) - 95 pts

Bred in the purple, made by a winemaker who is never satisfied with the status quo and always seeks to look over the horizon. In a year such as this, and with all its other assets, Grosset (the wine) could hardly fail, and it doesn't.


Jamie Goode (2013) - 93 pts

Lively, precise, very pure and bone dry. Mineral with a hint of spice and some talcum notes, as well as lemon and lime fruit. Laser sharp focus, but there’s a bit of richness here providing balance. Such precision: a lovely wine.


Wine Front (2017) - 94 pts

This 2017 release (and the Polish Hill) may be a little unrecognisable to stalwarts of the wines – I like the departure. The wines are more approachable, relaxed in the palate, still bustling with hallmark acidity, but delicate, in a way. Quite a delicate expression but not without drive, energy and velocity. It’s pretty in floral notes, lime-lime blossom scents, a touch of flinty mineral character. Quite succulent, just a kiss of flinty-chalkiness to texture, bristling with tangy acidity, long, fine, and elegant feeling. A little out of step for typical Springvale, but delightful in its way. Crackling mineral character throughout. Crystalline, classy riesling.


Jeremy Oliver (2013) - 95 pts

Though the 2012 vintage was touted as one of Grosset’s best, it looks as though 2013 will be equally impressive. More textural than recent Springvales with white flowers, lime concentrate and wet slate. Seriously powerful, but never oppressive, chalky, zesty and finely balanced. Drink 2013-2021.


Miscellaneous (2013) - 95 stars

Nicks.com.au - "Brilliant water like colour with a faint greenish tinge around the edges and watery hue. Pronounced zesty lemon and lime scents leap out of the glass followed by nuances of granny smith apple, talc and mineral. Fresh and lively the palate delivers mouth watering flavours of freshly squeezed lemon and lime followed by a touch of talc with a steely mineral infused acid spine. Taut structure. Clean crisp dry finish with long lemon, lime and steely mineral aftertaste.Cellar 6-8 years (2019-2021)."

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