Harvested from an estate-owned vineyard dedicated to this distinctive style, this wine has just a touch of sweetness, despite being officially rated ‘dry’ in international terms. Spicy aromas of herb, lavender and lemon blossom, it is fresh and tangy with a taut, crisp finish.
- SA - Clare Valley
- South Australia
Best ever! OK, so the 2010 was the first, but I adore it and the 2011 is even more pristine, pure and immaculate. Subtle, impeccably gauged sweetness and delightful, lingering minerality. An intricately crafted wine that should come with a warning: once you start it’s impossible to put down your glass.
Rating 95 - Tyson Stelzer Wine Taste Weekly Edition 28 (19/AUG/2011)
Grosset Wines was recently named one of the 10 Top White Wine Producers in Australia by Decanter UK in the July edition of the magazine. The article made special mention of the Grosset Off-Dry Riesling, stating that it is “destined to be another classic”, along with the Grosset Polish Hill & the Grosset Springvale.
Top 10 Aussie White Producers (26/JUN/2012)
The uncrowned king of Australian riesling, Jeffrey Grosset, decided to label his wine Off-dry, partly to signal that this was the first new wine he had released in 17 years. It has 16g/l residual sugar… and has the inimitable elegance of all Grosset Wines; its vibrant lime and apple flavours mask part, but by no means all, of its acidity. Balance and length are the keywords.
Rating 96 - James Halliday, The Weekend Australian Magazine (3/MAR/2012)
Grosset Off-dry Riesling is a delicate and poised wine. Otton described it as ‘beautifully aromatic, with jasmine, snowdrop and white flowers; yet concentrated, intense and succulent. Lime zest and sherbet.’ The balance of sweetness and acidity are exemplary and the wine is truly off-dry. It would fit wherever you’d drink dry riesling and particularly with seafood.
Rating 90 – Nick Bulleid MW, Gourmet Traveller WINE ‘Revelations in Riesling’, (Dec/Jan 2012)
The most approachable of the three Grosset rieslings, this is one to drink on hot summer days or with fresh Asian-flavoured salads. It smells of chalk, sweet basil, apple and lime. The palate’s elegant and tangy, offering crisp lime and apple flavour, hints of white peach, good intensity and impressive balance. Not too sweet at all.
Rating 92 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
The Grosset estate is home to a special vineyard at Watervale’s highest elevation where the soil is poorer and tougher than it is at the adjacent ‘Springvale’ vineyard. The low yields are vital to allow for full ripening at high acidity which Grosset is convinced is the key to success with the off-dry style.
The 2011 Grosset Off-dry Riesling has more restrained aromatics than the ‘Springvale’ – just a hint of white flowers, a whisper of lime juice – is softer and plumper than its sibling yet is still tight, fine and mouth-puckering.
There’s some slatey minerally savouriness on a tight palate and refreshing, cleansing acidity that leaves a fine hint of lingering sweetness. Almost identical in structure to the last year’s highly successful premier release, this wine is also rated ‘dry’ by International standards.
Enjoy now or cellar up to 10 years.